Teen shot by 12-year-old in Frayser, police say

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A teenager is fighting for his life after police say he was shot by a 12-year-old Wednesday night in Frayser.

It happened just after 9 p.m. on Frayser View Drive near Frayser Boulevard.

According to police a 15- and 12-year-old were sitting inside a vehicle "handling" a gun when the victim was shot. The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery.

The suspect was taken to Juvenile Court and charged with reckless endangerment.

Neither have been identified by police.

Ozell Rodgers, the father of the 12-year-old boy, told WREG that the pair are friends and were in the car with a group of boys when the gun went off. His son claimed that another 15-year-old was the one who had the gun.

No matter who shot the teen, the father said his son had to learn the hard way about the dangers of guns.

"I'm sure he feels bad about his friend, because they were very close friends."

A woman who was at the house where the shooting happened told us the vehicle belongs to her daughter, but the gun wasn't theirs. She heard what sounded like fireworks but didn't know someone had been shot until police got here.

This is the second shooting involving a child in Frayser in the last couple of weeks.

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