12-year-old on crutches after random shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 12-year-old boy is on crutches after he was shot Wednesday night.

The shooting happened on Dunlap Street, near Saffarans Avenue, after 7 p.m.

Nazim Houston, Jr. was hit during the shooting.

"All I heard was 'pow!' and I just started running," Nazim said. "I didn't do no looking back, I just started running."

He was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Thursday, Nazim was out of the hospital and walking on crutches.

Officers said a group of children around Nazim's age were playing with and firing a gun. Nazim was walking home from the store with a friend when he was hit with a bullet fired by the children.

"I looked down and blood was dripping, and I had a hole in my leg," Nazim said.

Officials said they don't think he was targeted. The children scattered soon after they realized they'd shot someone.

Officers said they found seven shell casings at the scene near Saffarans Avenue and Manassas Street.

His father Nazim Houston Sr. said he is a single dad and is hurt by all the crime in his neighborhood.

"That's the number one thing I try to prevent and it happened," Houston said. "So yes, I was shocked, I was I was hurt."

He said he's grateful his son is alive but is frustrated with all the violence

"Here it is, we can't have a good life if everybody constantly bickering; the kids can't play outside," Houston said. "It's time for a change."

As Nazim adjusts to his crutches and deals with the pain, he agrees with his father

"I think I should be able to walk to the store without having any problems or trouble," Nazim said.

At the young age of 12, he said he understands the value of life, as his could have been taken away.

"I'm still living so I'm grateful to God that he blessed me," Nazim said.

Nazim said he has to go back in for surgery next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, MPD has yet to identify any of the children responsible for the shooting.

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