MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection to a recent shooting that left a 17-year-old dead in Southeast Shelby County.
Jaylen Jones has been charged with first-degree murder. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the information to WREG Monday morning.
According to initial reports, the shooting happened in the 7700 block of Parkmont Drive in Southeast Shelby County on Sunday afternoon.
Deven Johnson says his Southeast Shelby County neighborhood transformed just minutes after he left to go to a store.
“It’s still shocking. Yeah, it’s shocking,” said Johnson. “I was surprised to see the young man lying down there. It’s very shameful. It’s hurtful.”
Detectives say a 17-year-old was riding a bike when he was shot in the head. Neighbors say he didn’t live there, but he was often seen in the area with other teenagers.
One neighbor described the heartbreaking sight of watching the victim’s family.
“They were very upset – they were very concerned. They just wanted to know if that was their child lying on the ground covered in the blanket,” said the neighbor.
Earle Farrell, spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, says too many young people are getting access to guns and not enough parents are keeping their eyes on their children.
“It’s a tragedy. I spoke to a number of people in the neighborhood yesterday about it and they’re shaking their heads too. Nobody seems to know what to do about it,” said Farrell.
Deputies have not released the suspect’s motive for the shooting.
This is an ongoing investigation. We will update this story as more information becomes available.