Child hit by stray bullet remains in critical condition - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Child hit by stray bullet remains in critical condition

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A 9-year-old boy hit by a stray bullet in a Memphis neighborhood on Thanksgiving day remains in critical condition.

Now, people who lived near the boy say enough is enough. They want something done about the violence in their neighborhood.

The boy is still in ICU. His family has requested his information be kept private. But, the neighborhood where he was shot is fed up with the gunfire.

A magnet and three bucks. A homemade fix to the bullet hole in the tailgate.

"When I looked at my truck, it broke my heart," Tyrone Watson on Whitehaven said.

Watson's truck got caught in the crossfire of a gunfight months ago.

"Some kids were coming down the street. They were shooting at each other, in the yards, you know, just coming down the street shooting at each other," Watson said.

Watson lives on Haleville. Four doors down from Holmes. Four doors down from the spot where a nine-year-old boy got caught in the crossfire of a Thanksgiving gunfight.

"At least two cars were driving down the street and there was gunfire," Monique Martin of the Memphis Polie Department said.

The orange house on the corner got hit. So did the red on one on the opposite corner.

The nine-year-old got caught in the middle of all it. He was just in the front yard playing with some friends.

The gunfire is enough for some neighbors.

Roderick Allen has lived on Haleville for a decade. He said he is as good as gone.

"Like I said, I'm fixing to find me somewhere else to move. Re-locate somewhere else. 'Til it get better," Allen said.

But Tyrone Watson has no such plans. He might have a bullet hole in his truck, but he is not going anywhere.

Investigators said there have been no breaks in this case. They are still trying to put the pieces together and track down whoever's responsible.

If you can help, they ask you call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.


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