Child Shot In Memphis Late New Years’ Eve

(Memphis) A kindergartner is in the hospital, the victim of a New Year's eve shooting. Police have not made any arrests and are still investigating.

The 5-year-old is expected to be OK and is recovering from surgery.

According to police, Rejinae Archey was in her bedroom when a bullet went through a wall and struck her leg at the Highland Chateau Apartments

The 5-year-old's great uncle, Cotis Brown, calls the shooting senseless, "They think they are a play toy, but once you pull that trigger, you can't recall the bullet back once it hits.'

Neighbor Charles Dallas says Monday night, he heard several shots fire into the air, "It was like a loud, thunderous boom."

The father of a three year old figured his neighbors were shooting into the night sky for the New Year, he and his young son stayed inside.

"It`s an old tradition that should be done away with," said Dallas.

Brown describes Rejinae as a typical 5-year-old, "She will keep you laughing and joking. You can assume she is going to say anything at any given time."

But now he worries the shooting will leave her in pain for the rest of her life.

"A child may not be able to walk normally. For what? So someone can have the thrill of shooting a gun," said Brown.

Police haven't caught whoever is to blame for sending Rejinae to the hospital. Brown hopes they are caught soon.

"Those who did it, you have to ask them, 'what if it would have been one of yours? What if the bullet went a little higher?' said Brown.

Anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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