Teen Faces Felony Charges For Shooting Sister

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(Memphis) A 13-year-old male has been charged with shooting his sister Monday.

The teen is charged with felony reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The boy's parents walked out of court, but refused to comment on their son's charges.

Records obtained by WREG show this isn't the 13-year-old's first run-in with the law, but it is the most serious.

Court officials say police have arrested him for shoplifting and faced assault charges.

WREG also uncovered this is the fourth time police responded to the Compton family home in the past year.

Neighbors say one time, he shot out car windows in the past. And they've seen other kids acting up.

Winston Deaugher lives across the street.

He said, "The other night I've seen some kids. I didn't realize they were that bad around here. That was the first time I saw those three. When my friend mentioned [the shooting] that was the first thing I thought about. Maybe it was one if those bad boys riding in the middle of the street in a golf cart."

The shooting happened Monday afternoon in the 4000 block of Orleans in the Whitehaven area.

People who live near the kids say they were home alone, and this isn’t the first time the 13-year-old fired a gun from his home.

The girl was shot in the head and is in extremely critical condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

MPD says they don’t yet know how the boy got the gun and that paramedics didn’t even realize the girl had a gunshot wound until she got to the hospital.


  • jeremy

    mom needs to be charged too! if you knew your kid had already used the gun why the heck didn’t you spend 5 dollars to put a lock on it, $5 would have kept this from happening!

    • Don

      I agree with you, The reporter or the police need to talk to the neighbors to ask them if the boy has shot windows out of vehicles and other things before,
      I would think the reporter should investigate as the police may be ordered to Stand Down. hope the reporter does not have anything like that.
      If the boy has done what the neighbor says, The mother should be charged as should be the father, if he has one

    • tojer72

      Totally agree with you, but the mother needed this menace to baby sit so bad that she ignored the time bomb.

    • MikeBarret

      Every handgun I ever purchased came with a lock included and the Sheriffs Department will give them to you for free! Or at least used to! No extra expense required.

  • whoyoukiddin

    It is obvious the Mother doesn’t care. Why were the paramedics called in the first place if they didn’t know she had been shot!..This is a question that needs to be answered. I am not about a 13 year old being tried as an adult, but in this case go for it since he already has been firing guns.

    • MikeBarret

      Paramedics were called because the girl was injured but they thought she had a puncture wound from a screwdriver or similar tool at first.

      • MikeBarret

        Not in the unified SCS, they had Good Friday off but even all that Big Jeezy coming back to life on the weekend did not prevent this. Where all the peeps at calling for MORE BIG JEEZY, anyway.

  • Putitupproperly

    Blame the Parents!!! They should’ve known better. When a kid finds a gun the first thing they are likely to do is “Point it” Really sadden by this. Parents need to be charged in cases like this for their recklessness as well

  • evette

    Are parents not smart enough to hide a gun from kids?
    Put it where my grandma put her gun..in a shoebox at the top of the closet with a note..*if you touch it; you will die. Not from the gun, from grandma’s foot in your a z z!

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    Back in the day growing up in the country south central okla a 22 was kept to shoot coyotes and wolves that wanted the cattle and chickens

  • austinandjustin

    Lynch mob mentality is in full effect. The boy was 13 years old. It is not abnormal nor illegal to leave a 13 year old babysitting a younger sibling. With over 350,000 permit to carry handguns in TN, it’s also normal for a household with children to have a gun in the house. Most people I know don’t keep their guns in a gun safe. Their reason being it would take too long to get to it if I need it.

    Hiding guns doesn’t work. Did you see the 20/20 episode where every child knew where the “hidden” gun was? Telling the child not to touch it doesn’t always work either. As every parent knows kids don’t always mind.

    Charging the parent because the child had touched the gun is an interesting concept. Especially since gun manufacturers sell rifles designed for children. Remember the 5 year old in KY who killed his sister with his very own blue my first rifle? Yes, that was an accident, but I doubt the 13 meant to shot his sister.

    My prayers for the family.

  • Breunna

    I feel like it was a mistake children do things they aren’t suppose to all the time I’m not saying he should b Scott free but he shouldn’t be charged with maximum sentence

  • Linda G. Whittington-Cross

    Sorry but apparently some of those commenting have not read the whole article. This child has a history of shooting a gun in the neighborhood. The mother has tried but has not been able to control him. He should have never been left to babysit his sister ESPECIALLY with a gun in the house. The mother and/or father are at fault for putting the little girl in danger like this. Now because of THEIR negligence, this little girl will, at best, be damaged for the rest of her life, and at worst, will not survive. He is at fault too because 13 years old is old enough to know better. Sad all the way around.

    • austinandjustin

      Yes, I did read the whole article. And I know there is a big difference between a teen shooting a gun at objects and shooting his sister. Also how do you know there was a gun in the house? From what I read in the article MPD doesn’t know how the teen got the gun. He might have had one at one time and his folks got rid of it, or it might have been the same gun he earlier shot. We don’t know.

  • dickgozinya1

    Didn’t need gunlocks as I child I knew what my folks would do to me if I touched one of my dads guns without permission! But you can’t spank anymore, it hurts their feelings, and they call the cops

    • canadianwhiskeygirl

      Dickgozinya1 tyvm for your last sentence..iv said that. Not my exact words but same meaning

    • chaun

      Any children of mines that do wrong regardless of where we are at I will spank them and they know it. and I tell them whenever they feel that they can’t get a spanking or want to called the police and from that day forward they need to find somewhere else to live. I run my house and pay the bills now if the police or whoever want to run my house they need to pay the bills,

  • mr. matt

    oh come on little boys are shooting their sister with unregistered guns al the time, it happens everywhere

  • Kay Raheem

    Lock his bad butt up along with his parents who didn’t have him or sister in school…He wants to act like a thug…Treat him like one!

  • Ricky

    Lock mom and son up. Find daddy and lock him up too. We ain’t lettin’ murderers go free. Make sure that punk kid gets a blended sentence – juv court till 21 then another fifteen years in adult prison.

  • Ricky

    Great demtard parenting. WMCTV reports thug thirteen year old had multiple contacts with juv court and was wearing a GPS monitor bracelet at the time of the shooting. Pics of P.O.S. throwing up gang signs – sorry cones and cone parents.

  • mr. matt

    terrible, might be the saddest result of this cultures ignorance i have seen in at least a week or 2

  • parishilton

    We need to pray for the family,children,nation and everybody that has commented,In the mighty name of JESUS,

  • lucrisha coleman

    Look stop all the negative post . The son is going through alot he has a temper but u can5 judge untill u know.

  • lucrisha coleman

    Love the compton fam u r in my prayers . I know his sister looking down in tears. She loved her brother.

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