MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A 10-year-old boy is the first child killed in the city of Memphis in the new year.
People in the North Memphis neighborhood where the child was shot are emotional hearing about the murder.
Those in the community tell us violent crime is a major problem and they are exhausted.
“Stop hurting these innocent children,” said Beverly Loverson who knew the boy.
Loverson cried as she spoke about the 10-year-old boy shot and killed on Howell Avenue Monday night around 11 o’clock.
Loverson says she knew the boy well.
“I knew his mother,” she said. “He was just like a son of mine. I knew him very well I see him every day in the neighborhood.”
Memphis police say the boy, who has not been publicly identified, was standing outside with a family member at apartments on Howell when the shooting happened.
A driver in a private vehicle was attempting to take the boy to the hospital when paramedics arrived and transported him to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“That could have been my child, my grandson,” said Loverson.
Neighbors we spoke to said shootings occur too often in the area.
“It’s like we’re in the middle of a warzone but we can’t get anybody to do anything,” said Jamila Lee who lives nearby.
Using public safety data on the City of Memphis website, we found there have been 91 reports of violent crimes to Memphis Police within a half-mile radius of this shooting within the past three months.
“It hurts. It’s not my child but whatever goes on in the community affects everyone,” said Loverson. “Not just that person or individual, it affects the entire community.”
In 2020, the City of Memphis broke a record for the number of homicides recorded in one year with 332.
Included in that number were more than 30 juveniles who were murdered. Just five days into the new year, the City of Memphis starts that gruesome count over again.
“All this crime is just horrible,” said Lee.
“We need to do something,” said Loverson. “Something needs to happen.”
Memphis police say they have not made any arrests in this murder investigation and they have not released the details of what happened leading up to the shooting.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.