Six-year-old dies in Monday morning shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Six-year-old dies in Monday morning shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A six-year-old boy died after he was shot in the face Monday morning inside an apartment in the 3100 block of Madewell Road in Memphis.

Authorities said Charlis Flemming was transported to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in extremely critical condition around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

He died a short time later.

Late Monday morning, the area surrounding the apartment was filled with police officers and onlookers, standing in disbelief as they realized what happened inside the apartment.

"I really couldn't believe what was going on," said neighbor Mary Clayton.  "For a small child to get ahold of a weapon, that wasn't good."

According to police, five people - three adults and two children - were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting.  Investigators have not said whether the shooting was self inflicted or not, but it appeared the two children - Fleming and an unnamed seven-year-old - were alone in a room with the shooting happened.

"We don't know the exact circumstances at this point," said Memphis Police spokesperson Monique Martin.  "We're still investigating to determine what happened, if this was self-inflicted, or if there was some other means of where the child was shot."

Investigators said Fleming was shot with a revolver, but were still trying to determine who owned the gun, if it was registered, and how it ended up with the children.

Some neighbors said they were concerned for Fleming's family, but Clayton said it was something that would never happen to her.

"I don't worry about it, because I don't have any weapons, but that's really...that don't make any sense for a child to get ahold of a gun," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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