Shooting Near Kingsbury High School
(Memphis) A 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg Friday afternoon, according to Memphis police.
Officers say he and another student were walking westbound on Kingsbury Road, away from the Kingsbury High School campus.
At about 4:10 p.m., officers were called there about a shooting and told that a possible red Pontiac had come by. Police were told someone in the back seat fired shots, and the 14-year-old was hit.
He was transported to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in non-critical condition.
Memphis City Schools said that none of the activity happened on their campuses.
A Kingsbury High School sophomore, Dalton Gomoll, said he was walking along Graham Street near the high school at the time of the incident.
“I was walking down the street, and I heard gunshots. Then I went over to my buddy’s house and saw everyone was talking about it on Facebook,” Gomoll said.
He described the sound as a little “pop-pop,” almost like something he’d hear from a car. He said he didn’t think too much of it, so he was surprised to find out later that a teenager had been shot.
“Flabbergasted,” he said. “I’ve been here for a year and a half, and I’ve never heard of any problems at all.”
Neighbor Darrell Huddleston was standing at his doorway when the commotion unfolded at the edge of his driveway.
He said he did not hear any gunshots, nor did he see any red car.
He only saw a grey pickup truck coming to meet the victim. He later learned the pickup truck might have been the victim’s family’s car, as it stayed and later drove off with the ambulance.
Huddleston said he saw the injury.
“The kid that apparently got shot pulled his jeans down, and I saw a blood spot on his underwear,” Huddleston said.
The Ortiz family across the street saw the same thing, with the boy on the ground.
They did not see a red car or hear gunshots either, but it all makes them nervous for their family’s safety.
“I thought it was somebody from here. I was like, ‘oh my God.’ What’s happening?” said Maria Ortiz.
Ortiz said she often hears of students fighting or arguing in the area, and she believes trouble may have followed the students from school.
But no incident occurred on campus Friday afternoon.
“Everybody talks bad about Kingsbury. I don’t. I love it,” said Gomoll.
Still, he said a drive-by shooting like this does make him slightly concerned about walking around the neighborhood.
Memphis police said they did not have any suspect description.