MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A 10-year-old boy is recovering at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital after being shot in the face. It happened Wednesday night around 6:00 p.m. at Cherokee Park near Lamar and I-240.
Memphis Police arrested a 15-year-old boy and charged him with reckless endangerment and possession of a gun.
Neighbors told Local 24 the name of the boy who was shot is Tobias, nicknamed "Two,” and he attends Cherokee Elementary School across the street from his house. They all described him as a sweet kid who never gets into trouble.
Neighbors say he was playing basketball with friends at Cherokee Park a few blocks away when he was shot. His friends carried him home and called for help.
“I saw him. I waved at him and he went to the park, and that's the last thing I heard,” said Lonnie Nason.
Not long after Nason saw the 10-year-old, the boy was shot in the face. Friends told police they didn't know where the shot came from or who fired a gun.
“It hurt me ‘cause I know him. He's a good kid,” said Nason.
Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Memphis Police arrested a 15-year-old boy and charged him with reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun. We're told the victim knows the shooter.
We talked to Louis Brownlee, MPD's public information officer. He is upset over the shooting, and he has a stern message for kids and parents.
“We want the children to enjoy themselves while they're out, and not be in fear of being shot or hurt,” said Brownlee. “As an adult you have to look after children.”
Brownlee says it's up to parents to keep an eye on their kids.
“Children need to know that you care. They need to know that you're gonna check up on ‘em to be sure they're not engaging any foolishness,” said Brownlee. “As a father, I have three little children. And it just hits close to home. And you wonder man what is going on that something like this happens.”
Brownlee encourages parents to get their children involved in activities this summer. Community Centers across the city are offering free programs for kids.
Neighbors are disturbed by the shooting and say it was senseless.
“I have no idea why someone would bring a gun to an area where kids play anyway,” said Miranda Thomas.
“I just think we should talk to the kids more and let them know there's consequences to what they do,” said Mattie Patterson. “Keep the guns away.”
“Parents need to do a lot better job about their kids,” said Nason. “Gun control is one thing but it all starts at home.”
We're told the 10-year-old victim is going to be ok.
Police are still investigating to find out what led to the shooting and where the 15-year-old got the gun.
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