9-year-old shot in face with BB gun while walking down the street

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 9-year-old boy is recovering after he was shot in the face with a BB gun Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the accident happened outside a home in the 3700 block of Blue Jay Road.

Marquell Dyson's  aunt said Dyson was outside with his friends when he was shot in the cheek, and the children told WMC's Jerry Askin that it was an accident. Dyson was taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital as a precaution.

Now, Dyson hopes it is a wake-up call for others.

HIs aunt said kids need to be careful with any kind of weapon whether it's real or a BB gun.

Dyson, who is expected to be OK, said he was walking and was hit in the face before he knew it.

"I was just walking down the street with my brother and then he [boy with BB gun] was just shooting the gun and he hit me in the face," Dyson said.

His family said they are thankful it wasn't worse.

"I'm glad it wasn't worse than what it was because a lot of people are losing their children to a bunch of violence," Carissa Dyson, the child's aunt, said. "It amazes me that he walked in the house because he could have been laid out in the ground somewhere and not even be here with me today."

Dyson said he knows the boy from his neighborhood.

A BB gun or not, the family has a warning for others.

"He [9-year-old] would just like to tell the other children and parents out there to please be safe because these types of things do happen on a daily basis," Carissa Dyson said.

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