(Memphis) A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed when he and his brother were handling a gun Tuesday afternoon.
Memphis police were called to the 3200 block of Coleman Avenue at 1:19 p.m. to find 10-year-old Alfreddie Gipson shot in the abdomen area. He was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in extremely critical condition, but was later pronounced dead.
Tuesday night, police would only say the brothers got a hold of an unsecured handgun in a bedroom. An adult family member was at home at the time, but did not know the children had found the gun.
Police said the gun went off and struck Gipson.
The MPD’s homicide bureau is treating the incident as an accidental shooting. The 12-year-old brother is back with family, and no criminal charges will be filed at this point.
Family members returning home from the hospital Tuesday afternoon were too upset to speak. One relative only said that the innocent child’s life ended before it even began.
A few doors down, some boys were celebrating Christmas with their families while dealing with the fact that their friend has died.
The grandmother of Martin Milan gave permission for them to tell News Channel 3 what they loved best about Alfreddie.
“He used to always laugh,” said Martin Milan. They played hide-and-seek and other games.
He said he was “heartbroken.”
Martin Milan and another one of his cousins described Alfreddie as creative and fun.
“It’s heartbreaking. We were just playing ball with him last night. Today, he’s gone.”
The boys were shocked to see the commotion and said they saw “a lady coming out; she just ran out the door screaming.”
Keisha Marshall, who lives down the street, also ran over to the police crime scene tape to see what had happened. She knew it was serious when she saw paramedics.
“They were trying to pump him back. He wasn’t moving or anything,” Marshall said.
The scene was a lot to take in, even for people who didn’t know the family well.
“I’m not sure, did he open up his gifts or anything? I don’t know. Oh, I feel so sad. It really brought me to tears when I went down there. I was really upset about it,” Marshall said.
Upon hearing that the boys had been playing with a gun, Marshall said that such tragedies should be avoided at all costs by hiding weapons in secure places away from children.