UPDATE: Family members have identified the child as 4-year-old Tre’ Anderson.
GERMANTOWN, Tenn.– A child was shot and killed in Germantown Wednesday afternoon.
Nearly a dozen family members were gathered outside the home at the corner of Germantown Road and Cross Village Drive.
Germantown police said they responded to a 911 call at the home just before 4 p.m. and are investigating the death of a child involving a firearm.
Family members identified the child as 4-year-old Tre’ Anderson Thursday afternoon.
They said Tre’ was with his father when he was shot in the face. His grandfather said his mother was on her way to pick him up.
Investigators said they are trying to determine how the shooting happened. For hours, officers could be seen going in and out of the garage.
People in the neighborhood saw the crime scene tape and were curious to know what happened in this normally quiet area.
“That’s surprising because you don’t hear gunshots here very often at all so you think it’s a pretty safe neighborhood,” said Tom Hrach who lives in the neighborhood.
Police were in the area for nearly five hours. We asked them if anyone was in custody or facing any charges but they couldn’t answer those questions.
This is an active investigation.
Germantown Police Department said the shooting was “not an intentional act” and issued the following update on Thursday:
Initial indications regarding yesterday’s shooting in the 2900 block of South Germantown Road are that this was not an intentional act. We are awaiting investigatory results to include an autopsy by the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office. This continues to be an active and ongoing investigation and we are unable to release any additional details at this time.Captain Kevin R. Simpson, Germantown Police Department
WREG will update as more information becomes available.