13-year-old shot in face while driving moped

The scene on Johanna Drive (Source: WMC Action News 5)
The scene on Johanna Drive (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 13-year-old is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the face while driving his moped.

According to Memphis Police Department, the teen was shot near Dixie Queen on Airways Boulevard after midnight Tuesday morning.

Witnesses said they heard several gunshots in the area.

"I seen nothing but police cars and a young man got shot," one neighbor said. "He seems like a good kid. He don't bother nobody. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time."

After the boy was shot, he drove several miles to a home on Johanna Drive, where he lives, according to his friends. From there, an ambulance took him to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

The teen said he was riding his moped when he heard gunshots and suddenly felt a sharp pain in his face. 

Officers said the teen had two severe wounds on the side of his face.

The 13-year-old was listed in critical condition at the hospital, but has since been upgraded to non-critical.

According to the police report, officers said they found a medium bag of marijuana and a large amount of money in the bathroom of the teen's home. Officers contacted the Tennessee Department of Children's Services about the discovery.

Police said no charges have been filed related to the drugs and money discovered or the teen driving the moped underage.

Neighbors said too many children are ending up in the hospital because of violence.

"Everybody need to be safe and thank God everyday," one neighbor said.

Police have not released any information on a possible suspect.

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