14-year-old describes being injured in crossfire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

14-year-old describes being injured in crossfire

Stuck in a wheelchair with a thigh-high cast, Wanya Phillips described the shooting scene to Action News 5's Nick Kenney. Stuck in a wheelchair with a thigh-high cast, Wanya Phillips described the shooting scene to Action News 5's Nick Kenney.
Police say the shooter was Timothy McKinney, who was convicted of killing Memphis police officer Don Williams and sentenced to death row in 1999. Police say the shooter was Timothy McKinney, who was convicted of killing Memphis police officer Don Williams and sentenced to death row in 1999.
Police say the shooter was Timothy McKinney, who was convicted of killing Memphis police officer Don Williams. Police say the shooter was Timothy McKinney, who was convicted of killing Memphis police officer Don Williams.

(WMC-TV) - A 14-year-old minding his own business, trying to get some change for his mother at the market, was caught in a crossfire one week ago. A convicted cop killer, released from prison less than a year ago, is the accused shooter, according to police.

Stuck in a wheelchair with a thigh-high cast, Wanya Phillips described the shooting scene. He was a happy go lucky Freshman a week ago when he walked into the North Memphis Market.

"They were just arguing and stuff," he said. "I was at the cash register fixing to get change, and that's when they started shooting."

He remembers hearing shots and he went down as two men continued firing.

Police say the shooter was Timothy McKinney, who was convicted of killing Memphis police officer Don Williams. He was sentenced to death row in 1999.

After the conviction was overturned and two subsequent mistrials, a deal resulted in McKinney pleading guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for walking out of jail on time served.

"It's a hot mess, and I'm glad they caught the guy, and I hope this time they do something more than just let him out," said Wanya's mother, Shavonda Smith. "I just thank God every day that me, him, and the rest of my kids are OK and safe."

One bullet hit Wanya.

"Can't feel my [foot]. It's numb right now," said Wanya. "Said 'til my nerve come back, it'll be six months."

McKinney was due in court Thursday morning, but is due back in one week. His sister says police got the wrong man.

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