• 13-year-old killed in 'accidental' shooting, friend charged

    By: Greg Coy


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Memphis teen died after a shooting in Hickory Hill.

    MPD responded to a shooting at 9:26 p.m. Saturday night in the 5900 block of Hickory Trace Cv. Police told FOX13 a person called saying his friend was shot. 

    When MPD arrived, a boy was found with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

    Family members confirmed with FOX13, the 13-year-old who was shot is Carl Fowler. He was a Kirby Middle School student.

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    A study said Tennessee is ranked fourth in the nation for most accidental shootings this year. In 2016, we were ranked 31.

    The Fowler family told us his friend was playing with a gun and accidentally shot him.

    Memphis police have identified the suspect arrested in connection with the deadly shooting.

    13-year-old Montez Carr was taken to juvenile court. He is charged with reckless homicide.

    Defense Attorneys told FOX13 to charge any adult with a crime for leaving a loaded gun out for children, the case is contingent on being very fact intensive.  

    Investigators will ask how old is the child?  Was the gun easy for the juvenile to get his hand on it? Did either the adults or parents knowingly leave it unlocked and was it a regular habit? 

    One prosecutor said the adults who leave their guns unsecured can be charged with negligent homicide, a Class E felony, but the evidence would have to show they were reckless in their conduct.  

    Question of law that do little to comfort the family of Carl Fowler. This tragedy could have been prevented. Memphis police make gun locks available for free to any legal gun owners who wants one at all the police precincts across the city.  

    Angela Barnes is Fowler’s sister, and she told FOX13, “He played basketball. He was the star player on the team. He was a very happy person.”  

    Barnes believes the shooting must have been unintentional because, “Carl was actually playing the game, and he turned around and told his friend to quit playing, and before you knew it, you know, it went off.”

    Fowler’s family believes Carl’s death is a tragic reminder to adult gun owners of their responsibility to keep guns both loaded and unloaded locked and out of the hands of children.  

    Lakesha Farmer, a cousin of the victim told FOX13 parents need more careful with their guns.  

    “Put them away. Put them separate you know from the bullets. Keep the safety on at all times and most importantly teach your children that guns are not a toy,” said Farmer.

    A candlelight vigil was held at Kirby Middle School for Fowler Monday. Funeral arrangements for Carl Fowler will be this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Kirby Middle School, according to his mother.

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