Teen Accused Of Shooting Into House Full Of Children

(Memphis) A teenager will be charged as an adult after police say he, and two others, fired shots into a house full of children.

Dedrick Thomas faces several counts of aggravated assault and attempted first degree murder.

Ida Deshay keeps watch over her Riverview neighborhood.

“About 30 something years I think,” Deshay said.

She was sitting on her porch in March when police said three men shot up a house full of kids on Modder.

The five children were between the ages of one and fifteen. 

Police said all of their lives were put in danger.

“It’s pretty close to home. It’s hitting real close to home,” Deshay said.

Bullet holes were still visible at the home on Thursday.

Deshay said she was relieved to learn Thomas was off the streets just days away from his 18th birthday.

Thomas is charged on more counts than the number of years he has been alive.

He faces 11 counts of attempted first degree murder, 14 counts of aggravated assault, one count of burglary, and vandalism.

“I’m glad they did because if they do that, they’ll do something else,” Deshay said.

Thomas was locked up on $100,000 bond when WREG went to the address he listed as his house to get his family’s side of the story.

However, no one answered the door.

The victims were too afraid to talk on camera but hope justice is served.

Deshay had a message for anyone coming to her neighborhood to start trouble.

“I would tell them don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s just too much happening. It’s a better way. Seek the Lord, She said.  “They need to seek the lord.”

Thomas is expected to appear in court Friday.


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