8-year-old playing in yard struck by stray bullets - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

8-year-old playing in yard struck by stray bullets

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - An 8-year-old girl playing in her yard was shot twice in the leg by stray bullets Thursday evening.

The incident happened around 7:30 outside the girl's home on Madeline Circle in Frayser.

The girl's distraught father stood in their front yard while her mother spoke with Memphis police before the child was taken to Le Bonheur's Children's Medical Center.

The victim's mother told officers her two daughters were playing together in their front yard when they heard popping sounds. The 8-year-old felt pain in her leg and thought she had been stung by a bee.

"They heard a couple of pops. They thought it was firecrackers. The 8-year-old ran inside and told her father she thought something had stung her," said Lt. Col. Lawrence Jamison with the Memphis Police Department.

The girl had been shot twice in the leg. Memphis police picked up the blood-covered pink outfit she had been wearing from the sidewalk and placed it in an evidence bag.

Neighbors said they heard the loud noises, but didn't realize they were gunshots. 

"I was sitting there half asleep and heard what I thought was firecrackers," said neighbor Lee Strickland.

Police canvassed the area talking with neighbors to see if they had seen anything, but no one had.  

Neighbors on the tree-lined Frayser street said it's not unusual to hear shots fired in the area. 

"I'm not surprised that somebody was outside playing when it happened," said one neighbor. "I try not to let my kids out too much. We stay in the back."

The child victim was initially listed in critical condition, but she has since been upgraded to stable.

Investigators are searching for the person who fired the shots.


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