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Mother says 5-year-old Memphis boy is lucky to be alive after shooting

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A 5-year-old Memphis boy continued to recover Tuesday after he was shot Monday evening during an altercation involving family members.

Jayvion Williams was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in non-critical condition after the shooting, which happened at his home in the 900 block of Maury Street.

"They say if it went through it would have pierced his heart," said his mother, Victoria Williams. "My baby would've been gone. I could have lost my baby last night."

Around 8:00 p.m. Monday, Jayvion was about to eat dinner when he was suddenly caught in the crossfire.  According to his mother, it started as a fight between two teenage girls, one of whom is the girlfriend of Jayvion's 15-year-old uncle, Brandon Davis.

"I was scared," Davis said.

The fight ended when two grown men showed up at the house with guns, ready to retaliate.
 
"It was just, pow, pow, pow, pow," Victoria Williams said. "It was a run-by.  They shot and ran."

Bullets peppered the front door of the Williams home. They believe the door slowed one of the bullets enough that it struck Jayvion, but didn't pass through his body.

"It just went thump," Victoria said. "It caught him and it stuck to his shirt and his skin.  When I snatched his shirt up, the bullet fell out."

Tuesday, the family was staying elsewhere, while the physical and emotional scars healed.

"Right now, I'm just glad that he's still on the face of this earth," Williams said.

But Jayvion himself shrugged off the shooting, instead focusing on the new toys he received after leaving the hospital.

Police say they have not made any arrests in this case.  If you can help make that happen, they ask you call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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