MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 9-year-old boy is dead, and a 13-year-old boy and an adult charged, after a shooting Friday afternoon in northeast Memphis.
Memphis police said around 5:30 p.m. that officers were on the scene of the deadly shooting on Gallan Drive, inside the Canterbury Woods Apartments.
One boy was found shot, and he was pronounced dead on the scene, police said. Police did not yet said how old the child was, but family told WREG he was 9 years old.
Saturday morning, police said the 13-year-old shooter was charged with negligent homicide. Lindsey Williams, 26, was also charged with negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
Police said the shooting took place inside an apartment unit, and their investigation revealed that the teen gained access to an unsecured firearm.
The boy’s uncle said the 9-year-old was killed at the hands of another child playing with a gun that wasn’t properly secured.
“Too many kids in Memphis have died this year,” he said. “It don’t make no sense.”
Neighbors said a dangerous weapon may not seem so threatening in the eyes of a child.
“They don’t know no better,” Jose Cortez said. “They see a gun or something, they think it’s a toy. They will play with it, you know.”
Neighbor Essie Bailey said with local children out of school for an extended period, adults need to be more mindful and make sure weapons are locked away.
“These kids are out of school,” Bailey said. “They don’t have anything to do, so they’re gonna go rambling and searching for something. So they just need to be more careful and put the stuff up. Put their guns up.”
This story was updated to reflect the charges against two people.