Mother charged with shooting 17-year-old son; claims it was accidental

Mother charged with shooting 17-year-old son; claims it was accidental

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A mother admitted to shooting her 17-year-old son Monday morning, but she said it was an accident.

The teen went to St. Francis Hospital, but was later taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

The incident happened at Golden Park and Sandy Park.

The mother, Sherry Gray, called police earlier when her son ran away from home. He ended up returning home the same night. The mother told police she made her son get into her car and take her to the house of the son's girlfriend, where he ran to after running away from home.

She then told police while they were in the car, her son got upset and started hitting her. The teen tried to get out of the car when his mother pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him, and shot him.

She told police she wanted to scare him but she did not intend to pull the trigger and shoot him.

Mark Stamps, who lives nearby, heard the incident unfolding and came out to see what was going on.

"His shoulder...I guess his shoulder was hurting and he was crying," Stamps said. "She was like, 'Get in the car.' To me, she should get charged for that, because you don't scare a child with a gun. You don't point a gun at a child at all, really. Like, that's a charge right there. You shouldn't do that."

After the shooting, the two drove home to get into the boy's brother's car and he drove both of them to St. Francis Hospital.

The teen's condition is currently unknown.

Gray faces one count of aggravated assault/domestic violence.

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