3-Year-Old Boy Shot, Possibly By Stray Bullet

(Memphis) A 3-year-old is recovering from a gunshot to the stomach at Le Bonheur Hospital, and there is conflicting information about where the bullet came from.

WREG was told by a spokesperson it was a stray bullet, but on scene it appeared the bullet may have been fired from a gun from inside the apartment.

Major Dennis McNeil said, “Obviously there was a weapon inside the house. Obviously somebody had possession of the weapon in order for it to be discharged. So, that’s a lot of responsibility that goes along with that.”

Guns and shootings are not strange occurrences in the Peppertree.

Over the years, the fence that surrounds it and the security guard stationed on the property have not been able to keep major crime out.

The complex has even been cited as a nuisance, but remains open even after repeated incidents.

“People just trying to survive out here. We just trying to live. We need better jobs, better help. AC Wharton help us,” said Charles Johnson, Whitehaven.

In the past, police have admitted Peppertree is one of its biggest challenges in Whitehaven.

They were challenged once again Wednesday as they worked to find out how a 3-year-old boy ended up with a bullet in his belly.

Memphis police has not been able to recover the gun that was used to shoot the child.

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