Mother says son didn’t mean to shoot his girlfriend

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FALKNER, Miss. -- A teenage girl was reportedly shot in the chest by her boyfriend Wednesday.

It happened on County Road 412 in Tippah County in the town of Falkner.

The girl is in Memphis at Regional Medical Center undergoing surgery.

Investigators said the bullet hit her in the side of her chest and never left her body, so until surgery is over, we won't know how bad her injuries are.

The boyfriend's mother, Christy Mason, was home when it happened and fought back tears as she relived Wednesday afternoon.

"It was just a freak accident, and if Shelby's family sees this, we are sorry!" she said.

Mason told WREG her 16-year-old son had just got home from school and was hanging out with his 17-year-old girlfriend and their 3-month-old baby.

"They got a kid together. I have got a 3-month-old grandson," said Mason. "He's sorry, he didn't mean to do it."

Christy says her son was looking at a gun at their home when he accidentally pulled the trigger and fired a bullet right into his girlfriend's chest.

"He begged to let him go with [deputies], but they wouldn't let him. He did beg," said Mason.

Paramedics brought the girlfriend to a baseball field next to Falkner High, where a rescue helicopter picked her up and took her to the hospital in critical condition.

Tippah County investigators took Mason's son into custody, and as of now, they are also calling it an accident.

Mason said her son is devastated and in shock he hurt the girl he plans on marrying.

"Just pray for Shelby. They didn't even let me tell him bye before they took him," said Mason.

Investigators said they are in Memphis and will talk to the girlfriend as soon as she wakes up to see if her story matches everyone else's.

If deputies decide this isn't an accident, the boyfriend will be charged as an adult.


  • sarah

    So how did he just come home from school? It was before lunch. They both had been seen at sheriff dept that morning also. Not to mention the mom was taken into custody bc she tried to take the blame bc the boy is on probation.

      • sarah

        Bc I seen them at the sheriff’s dept. And it’s public knowledge that she went to jail … she tried to take the blame. The residue was on his hands.

  • Dr. JohnS

    Let me see if I understand this story. He is 16, has a baby and he has been in trouble before. Yet, he gets a gun and accidentally pulls the trigger. At 16 any responsible person would never point a gun at another, loaded or unloaded much less pull the trigger. Did he find it in the sofa cushions? Of course he did not intend to do it, I would say the same thing if I was so ignorant that I would point a gun at another human being.

  • Ken poi

    Mr CC no comments on this unfortunate event, oh I know it didn’t happen in Memphis and they….wait, wait, and they weren’t black

    • PeopleAmazeMe

      Doen’t matter if they are black or white . Its because of people like you the reason our soceity is so racist. The fact is there is a girl fighting for her life , and she has a 3 month old baby. Show some respect . Just pray for Shelby and hopefully for yourself . Because God knows you need it.

    • palefacesnowdonkey

      See no comments from the usual racist posters I presume? If this was a black they would scream to high heaven. Notice the hypocrisy? 16 on probation playing with guns and a baby daddy thought whites didnt do crime huh?
      Guess i was wrong

      • PeopleAmazeMe

        White,Black , Asian, Purple , Green or Blue .. Color is color .. Right is right , and wrong is wrong. We all bleed the same color blood. I can’t help what others think , I only know that our world would be a much better place if everyone would get along , and stop trying to make it a racial thing.. I am not racist by any means at all , I have friends of all ages and all races. Racisim starts at home, and is continued thru the media. Its sad, but true. Now saying that , I can’t help what the media covers , I can only pray that God takes care of each and every one of us. In this particular situation , a girl was shot, she needs extra prayers .

  • Christy

    Frist of all I did not go to jail..,and y’all was not here ..,y’all what when down..,he loves Shelley and loves him.,,


      Your command of the English language is horrendous, to say the least. That speaks volumes about your level of education. You have a 16 year old son that has a three month old child with a 17 year old girl. They do not love each other, they have no idea what love is at this stage of their life. What they are feeling is lust, thus the three month old child. What is a loaded gun doing in the home ??? Why has your 16 year old son already been in trouble with the law ??? Why are neither one of them in school for a full day ?? Yea, lot’s of questions that responsible people will ask you. You have no clue what is going on in your child’s life, let alone your grandchild’s. This is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to the long line of unfortunate incidents that are sure to continue to head your way due to your less than superior accessment of the current situation. Just by reading this article, anyone can tell that there are a myriad of issues going on in your home. Do not worry though, the taxpayers will see you through with housing, ebt cards, a free cell phone, nutrition programs for the child, etc. etc. etc if they are not doing so already. You are lashing out at other people and you should take a good long look in the mirror Christy. You chastise people for not knowing what really happened, when you obviously have no clue yourself. Then, on top of it all, you lie to the police about what actually happened. So as the only adult at the house, you demonstrate to your child and his “girlfriend” that it is socially acceptable to lie to the police. I only hope and pray that someone sees fit to put that poor child in a safe environment. Obviously, your home no longer qualifies as such.

  • donaknowsitall

    He shot a girl. He needs to be in jail.
    cares if he lost his Grandpa this week, it happens to everyone, do we go and shot someone? The answer to that would be NO.
    At 16 he knows right from wrong. He knows that pointing a gun at someone is not right. He knows that pulling the trigger WHILE pointing it at someone is NOT RIGHT. Yet, that’s exactly what he did.
    Don’t make excuses for him. HE PULLED THE TRIGGER – HE COULD PAY THE CONSEQUENCES, pretty simple really.

    • Deeee

      Assessment of? The victim? That’s private information FYI unless she personally releases the info to the media.


      OK Mr. Spelling Police, I am dearly sorry that my one spelling error caused you discomfort. It must be wonderful to never make a spelling error like yourself. Blow it out your /\$$. Is that correct enough for you ??

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