MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 15-year-old boy is out of surgery and recovering at the hospital after being shot while walking to school Monday morning.
The teenager is expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.
The shooting happened in the 5000 block of Harrington Avenue, which is near Wooddale High School, at 7:15 a.m.
Joheell Grover said her son, Lorenzo Mays, fought back against four people who tried to steal his cell phone.
"It's real senseless and foolish, nonsense. It wasn't even called for," she said. "Right now, he's just in a quiet state. He really don't have much to say. I think he's just traumatized."
Laterrell Toney said he heard the shooting happen outside.
"I was sitting in the living room watching the news, and I opened the door and seen y'all outside," he said.
Quincy Higgins also lives in the neighborhood. His brother walks to school down the same street every day.
"I just had to call and verify, make sure it wasn't him," he said. "The only thing I heard, he was shot in the leg over a cell phone and that's crazy."
Memphis police officers are searching for three men and one woman who were reportedly wearing purple masks. They are believed to have driven away in a gray Cadillac CTS.
Higgins said his brother will no longer be walking to school.
"He'll drive. He will not walk to school anymore," he said.
Grover agrees and feels her son's short walk to school is no longer safe.
"Oh no, I'm driving him from now on," she said. "Just watch out. You don't know who is out there. To be out here this early in the morning with this foolishness, it's sad."