15-year-old shot at Sonic next to Kirby High School

Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 3:13 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A 15-year-old teen was wounded in a shooting nearby a Memphis high school on Wednesday afternoon.

The teen was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition but was later updated to non-critical.

It’s unclear if the victim is a student of Kirby High.

Memphis police were called to a shooting next door to Kirby High School shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Police say the shooting happened at Sonic, which is next door to the high school.

Police say the suspects are five Black men wearing ski masks in a dark gray four-door Mercedes.

Police say the suspects knew the victim and that this was a targeted attack.

Bystanders who stopped by near the scene said they’re concerned about gun violence, especially involving young people, and hope the teen who was hit recovers.

“It’s really ridiculous,” said Chris Thompson. “It’s ridiculous especially when you have innocent people, children, and elderly people getting injured because of this kind of foolishness.”

Eight Memphis children have been shot in the last 10 days.

The youngest child injured by gunfire was just three years old. At last check, the teen is still in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself on Monday when police say he picked up his father’s unsecured gun.

Police responded to another shooting just before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at 4101 Macon Road. Police say one victim was located and transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and is expected to be okay.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has seen more than 127 patients with gunshot wounds this year.

Even with ten kids treated this month, that’s still fewer than doctors saw earlier this year.

Sixteen children were treated for gunshot wounds in Jan. and March.

Overall, the number of juveniles treated for gunshot wounds this year is lower than last year.

The hospital says in 2021, 158 children were treated but that doesn’t ease the concern for many around Memphis.

Those with information are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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