SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A juvenile was killed in a Sunday evening shooting in Shelby County.
Justin Garcia, 14, was rushed to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital after another juvenile shot him along Currie Road in the northwest part of the county Sunday. The teen died from his injuries at the hospital.
Neighbors recall seeing a lot of blue lights but didn’t think much of it.
“There was a police officer parked on Navy on this side and several back here on this side and they were there for quite a while but I had no idea what was going on,” said Daniel Hiner who lives in the neighborhood.
People in the area said they were surprised to find out the reason behind the police activity.
“We never heard any gunshot or anything like that,” Hiner said. “It’s sad, fourteen, you haven’t really even lived life yet.”
Hiner said he is thinking of Justin’s parents and the imaginable grief they must be feeling.
“There’s probably nothing you can say to them you know what I mean. Especially at this juncture so close to time when the event took place. They probably don’t want to hear anything right now except for their child’s voice and that’s not what they’re going to hear so,” said Hiner.
A second juvenile was arrested and charged with reckless homicide.
An official with Millington Schools sent WREG-TV the following statement:
Millington Municipal Schools suffered a tragic loss on Sunday, June 27th, when one of our students was shot and killed.
The thoughts and prayers of MMSD goes out to the family as the student will be greatly missed by the Millington community.
MMSD is committed to providing emotional support for stakeholders impacted by this tragedy via our Family Resource Center.