Police: Mom gave gun to son so he could win a fight

Terrenzo Pennington (Source: SCSO)
Terrenzo Pennington (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis mom and two teens face criminal charges after investigators said the mother gave a gun to her young son.

According to Memphis Police Department, Takendrea Pennington's 15-year-old son was involved in a fight Monday with another boy, so she decided to give her son a gun.

A family friend said the disagreement between the two boys started a while ago. The disagreement turned to threats and prompted the teen to take precautions.

Police said the teen took the gun from his mother and immediately fired shots at the other boy.

A close family friend said the behavior doesn't match the mother they know.

"People nowadays need to learn how to get along and hash things out and talk," the friend said. "It's sad that you have to be 15, 16, or 17 and walk around with a gun."

Residents at the Whitehaven View apartments said they're shocked.

Pennington is charged with providing a handgun to a juvenile. She bonded out of jail.

The 15-year-old, and another 18-year-old, Terrenzo Pennington, were both charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of coercion of a witness. Terrenzo Pennington's relation to the family is unclear. Also, there's no word on the identity of who the 15-year-old boy opened fire on, or if he faces any criminal charges.

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