An 11-year-old boy made his first court appearance Friday afternoon, accused of shooting his 14-year-old friend and that teenager’s father.
The charges announced Friday morning stemmed from a shooting in the 3400 block of Ardmore in Frayser.
Loved ones tell Local 24 News David Vongphachanh is on life support and not expected to recover. That 14-year-old’s grandmother was too emotional to go on camera Friday, but told Local 24 News the family is considering organ donation and figuring out how to pay for funeral services.
Media wasn’t allowed in a juvenile courtroom Friday afternoon, when the 11-year-old suspect appeared, with his mother and grandmother by his side.
That child is accused of shooting David Vongphachanh and his father Philip Vongphachanh Wednesday inside a Frayser home where other family members lived.
David’s grandmother said he attended Georgian Hills Middle School, an eighth grader who made good grades. That grandmother said David and the boy knew each other for two years and she sensed no signs of violence or any other warning signs.
She told Local 24 News the suspect shot his teenage friend over $40, a cell phone, and an X-Box. She said the father was shot walking in on the crime.
The grandmother told Local 24 News her son, Philip Vongphachanh, has a long road to recovery, but is expected to survive. She said the 14-year-old is brain dead and not expected to survive.
It could be months before a juvenile court judge decides whether the 11-year-old will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult.