MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 52-year-old man is charged with reckless endangerment after a shooting that injured an 11-year-old girl Wednesday afternoon.
According to what the victim’s mother told police, Kenneth Mosley was firing shots at two dogs to keep them away from his family on Pathway Circle in southeast Memphis. One of the bullets went through the window of a nearby home, striking a child in the chest.
Memphis Police said officers responded to a fire station on South Mendenhall Road after the victim was brought in around 4:30 p.m. The girl was taken to Le Bonheur in critical condition.
Thursday morning, police reported that Mosley had been charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. He has a court date set for Friday.
The girl’s condition had been upgraded to non-critical, police said.
WREG reached out to Memphis Animal Services, who confirmed the dogs were taken into custody and that they were reported missing a week ago.
Following the incident, the dogs’ owner received a summons to court and was issued a citation for each dog for running at large, violating the spay/ neuter ordinance, rabies vaccine, and rabies license.
MAS advises those dealing with dogs that could cause harm not run away, scream, or turn their back to the dog. They recommend backing away slowly or using a stick or something big and long to scare the dog away.