MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 2-year-old boy was shot by a 3-year-old boy in southwest Memphis Thursday.
Memphis Police reported the shooting in the 50 block of E. Belle Haven, off Third Street, just after 1 p.m.
They say a boy was taken to LeBonheur in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to non-critical condition.
Memphis Police say the young boy was shot in the arm by a 3-year-old relative. Police say a woman, who was not on the scene at the time of the shooting, had asked a friend of hers to watch the children.
According to a police report, another woman who was inside the home said she was in her room with her daughter when she heard what she thought was a gunshot.
The woman reportedly told police that the man who had been tasked with watching the children knocked on her door and told her the 3-year-old shot the 2-year-old in the arm.
The man reportedly fled the scene in a car belonging to his friend’s mother before officers arrived.
WREG was rolling as officers let a woman and child out of the back of a squad car. A family member told WREG someone had left out a gun.
According to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, from January to October of this year, it has treated 146 gunshot wound patients. That’s compared to 150 in 2022.
As of July, they’ve treated at least 17 children under the age of 5 after being shot this year.
MPD says the Juvenile Abuse Bureau also made the scene. Memphis Police are still investigating. So far, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.