Fifty Bullet Holes In House Where Teen Was Shot

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(Memphis) A Frayser teenager is recovering after being shot early this morning while sleeping in his bed.

The home in the 600 block of Burdette Avenue was riddled with bullets after someone drove by just after midnight Friday and opened fire.

Toejoe Bowdery spent the morning outside his house cleaning the glass out of his car from broken car windows.

There are around fifty bullet holes in home.

He knows his son is lucky to be alive.

"If his head had been the other way they would have killed him," said Bowdery.

Neighbors say a group of teens was harassing Bowdery several hours earlier and  apparently came back with some serious guns.

"Police are the ones who told me it was an AK-47," said the neighbor.

The woman didn't want to be identified, but showed us one of the bullets holes in her den above a chair she normally sits in at that hour.

"I'm tired of the violence-- that's the bottom line. It's ridiculous," said the neighbor.

She says more needs to be done to keep kids from getting their hands on guns.

She also says the community needs to give young people more to do and parents need to do a better job of parenting.

"It takes a village to raise a child," said the neighbor.

Bowdery just wants to feel safe again in his own home.

"I fear for my life," said Bowdery.

So far, police haven't released any information about the suspects.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


  • Sammy

    You can have Bar B Que’s, Candle Light Vigils, Tent Revivals, Neighborhood ” Take back our Neighborhood” Rallies. And none of this will help until parents start raising their children not be thugs.

    • Memphis

      SO TRUE..This goes way beyond the starts at home with the parents>who are probably just as “Thuggish” as there kids..#Tragic

  • michael sowell

    what was a 15yr doing on the streets after to the commit about Memphis blacks being the worst that’s a low blow. Memphis holds some of the best history in the u.s. what is going wrong.

    • Joe Bo

      But brenda humanity is consuming, you take away, you have nothing to offer sir, you just sit at the table. I feel soo sorry for you. I understand, you wish this was 1950s or 1960s. Maybe 1840s or 1850s. Hate, correction, glad to bust your bubble dude, dem dayze are burried.

      • Joe Bo

        The lowest of the lowest brenda, not satisfied with being anonoymous, you want us to think that you a Jewish Female. One thing bout your type, you can never reach a new low, cus you already at the bottom. Lol

  • Sickofcrickets

    Ha,,Frayser used to be a great place to live,,,,,,,now look at it,,bulldoze it down and start over..

  • Joe Bo

    Walked point for 8 yrs in the infantry. Rodriguez and Green on my right, Leroy and Stiles ro my left. Captain Muhammod calling the shots. (really calling the shots too, no methmophore), he was calling. PLF Outta a C130, fast ropped down a rope dangling from a BlackHawk. (U-H60). Am I bitter, even though I walk with a slight limp? No. I work 40plus most weeks. Not trying to play the Vet card, cus Men and Women were walking point here too. Always wondered bout home. Most times it was not too uplifting. Told myself some could ^*#@《, @{> ₩% ¥. So for some of you go straight to hll, but I will die for your kids and Grandkids.

    • Joe Bo

      Just keep in mind that your post are read from service members. I am as guilty as anyone. Bout to turn it down. If I offended anyone, hope you accept my apology. At the end of the day “we all we got”.

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Here is something the NAACP and SCLC can work on. As a matter of fact it should be the main focus pf both groups instead of only coming out when somebody they may know is involved. If you really want to do something for “ALL” communities in Memphis, then put some effort in getting a handle on crime. BBQ’s and Talk are cheap; you have to fight fire with more fire.

    • Diane Hess

      Kids are not going to stop being thugs until the parents stop being thugs!!
      Frayser has some hard working people living there, but there is nothing for kids to do anywhere in Memphis, at least no where safe!!
      When they tear down those old condos, why don’t they put in a park or a pool, basketball courts, something instead of just letting it go to weeds. I am sure there are grants the city can get to pay for it!!

  • Soul Beat.

    Hey my brother’s and sister’s stop talking to them clowns (Brenda) and any one ells on here talking about or kids. They hole day is post things that make blacks mad, that show you that they are nothing a zero in life they are what come off the bottom of your shoe. There are good white people out here just as black people lets stay in the lane with the good people. The only thing that’s going to help now is going after the 17-23 year old kids. We have to march downtown, uptown and all over town. But not just for one day i’m talking every weekend. That is the only way we are going to chang anything. We have to walk up in the apartment’s and talk to the guys hanging out at the hood stores

    • Terrie

      So….DO IT. March on. Start with your neighbors. Tell the blacks to start talking & pointing that finger & to stop wanting something for nothing! Tell the parents to make sure the kids are busy. Its NOT the Citys place to build a play ground.

  • mr.matt

    SEPARATE BUT PEACEFUL let black people figure out thier problems and white people figure out thiers SEPARATE BUT PEACEFUL is the answer

  • D'mar

    Lil kids don’t need to have guns at all. In bible times nobody was spearing up peoples houses and tents

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