Teen shot, killed while asleep - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Teen shot, killed while asleep

(WMC) - A 14-year-old in Memphis was killed by a stray bullet while sleeping in his own bed. Family members identity the victim as Rico Taylor, a Ridgeway Elementary student.

Work drowned out the silence on Quince near Ridgeway roads, mere hours after gunshots woke up the neighborhood.

"I heard about four, five, might be five shots right in a row and it really scared me, but I didn't come outside. I'm not stupid. Because I didn't know what was going on out here," a neighbor said.

Police say they got the call around 1 a.m. that a 14-year-old who was sleeping in his bed was shot dead after bullets flew through wall.

Daylight shows one bullet hole through the window by the front door and two more through another window on the front of the house.

As of Monday afternoon, one person as in custody.

According to MPD, "Homicide investigators received information on a possible suspect who is possibly known to the family who resides at this location."

The location is a duplex and the people directly next door to the teen's apartment shut the door on our WMC Action News 5's reporter.  Other neighbors either declined interviews altogether or asked not to be identified in the aftermath of a tragic and senseless night.

"It's always so sad, isn't it? Somebody innocent always get hurt ... It gives you chills," a neighbor said.

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