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13-Year-Old Boy Shot By Schoolmate At Memphis K-8 School

Memphis, TN – A 13-year-old boy remains hospitalized after being shot by another teen at Cummings K-8 Optional School on Thursday morning.

The shooting occurred on the school campus at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 30, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) said in a press release shortly thereafter.

Police responded to the scene and found a 13-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound, WMC reported.

He was rushed to Methodist Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The shooter, later identified as another 13-year-old male, jumped into the passenger seat of a vehicle and fled the scene, the Commercial Appeal reported.

He ultimately turned himself in at the MPD station on East Raines Road, which is approximately seven miles away from the school, according to WMC.

Police cleared the building and relocated students and faculty to Metropolitan Baptist Church, WMC reported.

The last students were reunited with their families at approximately 12:40 p.m.

The gunshot victim underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray told WMC on Thursday.

The shooter will face an attempted first-degree murder charge, according to the MPD.

Neither of the teens have been identified, WMC reported.

MPD Deputy Chief Don Crowe said school security footage showed the attack occurred inside a stairwell in the school building, the Commercial Appeal reported.

No other students were around at the time, according to Deputy Chief Crowe.

Investigators are working to determine how the teen acquired the firearm, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Ray said the school is equipped with medial detectors, which were in use on Thursday morning.

“This has to stop,” Ray told reporters outside the church, according to WMC. “We need to look at our laws. This has to stop. No way a child should have a gun. This must stop. But we need the community to help us, help our children.”

Deputy Chief Crowe said investigators tracked town the driver who gave the alleged shooter a ride away from the scene, the Commercial Appeal reported.

The deputy chief said the driver was “truly an innocent person that was trying to do a favor to a 13-year-old in need.”

He would not comment on whether or not the driver took the suspect to turn himself in at the police precinct, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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