• 12-year-old charged after teen shot in Frayser neighborhood, police say

    By: Tom Dees

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Frayser 15-year-old is in critical condition after he was shot by a 12-year-old.

    MPD said the teenagers were handling the gun in a car in the 3300 block of Frayser when it went off. Police said the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    A teenager was rushed to the hospital after being shot in a Memphis neighborhood.

    Police told FOX13 the 12-year-old has been taken to Juvenile Court and charged with Reckless Endangerment.

    FOX13 spoke to the father of the accused 12-year-old charged in the shooting and he wants answers.


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    Ozell Rodgers told FOX13 he wants to know where his son got the gun.

    He said his 12-year-old son pulled the trigger and was in the car in a neighbor's driveway when the gun went off.

    "That is the only thing that is in question is where did the gun come from. Other than that, we don't know," Rodgers said.

    He told FOX13 the gun was not his and he is not sure where his son got it.

    "Ain't much anybody can do, there's not much anybody can do but hope that the young man who got shot will be okay. That's what boys do. Playing with the gun," Rodgers said. "Accidentally went off and shot one of them, which will be a good lesson for all of them, I am sure."

    Family members of the victim did not want to go on camera but said the 15-year-old was shot in the chest and has so far undergone two surgeries.

    "There was three boys in the driveway playing with the gun in the car in the driveway," Rodgers said.

    While FOX13 was on the scene, MPD took a boy out of the house where the shooting happened. He was not handcuffed but was placed in the back of a police car and taken from the scene.

    "I don't think much can happen because it was an accident. Anymore than we hope the young man that was shot will be okay," he said.

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