Memphis Police responded around 4 p.m. to a shooting at Jackson Avenue and Evergreen, where they found the victim.
The child was taken to Le Bonheur in critical condition, but police later said his condition was upgraded to non-critical.
According to police, the child was riding in a black BMW driving westbound on Jackson near McLean when a gold Volkswagen Jetta pulled up and started shooting at the driver.
The frantic father drove to a gas station for help.
Colin Wren, the child's uncle, said the boy was shot in the neck while in the backseat of the car.
"When you see blood coming from your child knowing that your child's life is on the line, nothing else matters," he said.
Wren says he's tired of violence hurting innocent children, saying he once lived that lifestyle but made the choice to turn his life around.
"Back in the day we were taught certain things," he said. "Go and get your man. Not shoot at innocent kids."
Wren said his brother and the suspect didn't even know each other, but he says this goes to show how senseless the violence has become. He wants the person responsible to know they will have to take responsibility for what they did, and the pain they've caused an innocent child right before the holiday.
"Whoever did it you will be tracked down. If I gotta turn you in myself. I will hunt you down."