Two shot while playing with gun

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A gun found inside a North Memphis home is why two teenagers are in the hospital.

Police said a 13-year-old boy pulled the trigger.

Police lights, crime tape, and investigators lined Empire Avenue Monday morning.

Officers said they received the shooting call just after 1:30 a.m.

WREG-TV learned police officers believe the 13-year-old shot himself and a 15-year-old girl, who is being treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

“I mean, it’s pathetic and they’re getting younger and younger and younger and younger.  But it’s sad,” Stacey King said.

King returned home from work in the middle of the madness and sat on her porch shaking her head in disbelief.

“You know they need to think before they pull out a gun,” King said.

King has lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years.

“Times and people are changing,” King said. “Not so much times, (but) people’s morals, values. They don’t have them like we used to back in the day.”

Police continued putting together the pieces to the puzzle determined to figure out how the teens got hold of the gun and why it was fired.

Much like the laces on a football that sat in the front yard, at least one of the teens is expected to return home with stitched wounds.


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