UPDATED: Juvenile charged in Sunday shooting death of Memphis teen

UPDATED 06-11-07

Memphis Police have charged Floyd Arnold, Jr., 14, in connection with the shooting death of Dana Turner.

Investigators said Arnold picked up a revolver inside his shouse in the 3200 block of Mendenhall just before 1:00 p.m. Saturday.  As he held the weapon by the handle, Turner grabbed the gun, which fired once, striking him in the chest.

Floyd Arnold, Jr. was charged with criminally negligent homicide, and was transported to Shelby County Juvenile Court.

REPORTED 06-10-07:

A family is mourning the loss of a teenager and police want to know if his death was an accident.

The shooting happened just before 1:00 Sunday afternoon at a home in the 3200 of Mendenhall.

Police have one person in custody but no charges have been filed. Neighbors say they're sad to see another young life lost so early.

Doris Wooten lives with her four kids next door to where the shooting happened. She was inside when she heard the commotion.

Police believe the victim's 14-year-old brother is the one who pulled the trigger.

"They say he was just in there playing with the gun and he was showing him and it just went off," says Wooten.

Wooten says when she walked into the townhome, her 17-year-old neighbor Dana Turner was lying on the floor, shot in the chest but still breathing.

He died just minutes later.

Wooten adds, "his mom was upstairs. She said she just thought it was somebody outside shooting, but when she came down the steps it was him and she was just frantic."

It worries Wooten that a 14-year-old kid had access to a gun in the first place.

Police are also asking that question.

"Kids should not be allowed to even be around a gun! No guns - I don't allow guns in my house because of that - it's so easy for them to get ahold of and they just careless with them," says Wooten.

She says the family hadn't lived here long.  They just moved in a couple weeks ago. And the victim just finished school.

"Very sad, especially when young people are involved because they never get a chance to experience life. Never get a chance to do anything. Just sad for everybody," adds Wooten.

Police are still investigating this case and they have not ruled out accidental shooting.


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