8-year-old recovering at home following Halloween shooting

8-year-old recovering at home following Halloween shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After being shot playing basketball on Halloween, an 8-year-old boy is back home with his mother.

The young victim, Ilijah Porterfield, was shot in his leg right while trick or treating Friday night.

Police say a teen wearing a red hoodie likely shot Porterfield. Neighbors say shots came from about four or five teens. Porterfield says he was playing basketball with a few guys when the ball ended up rolling into the teen suspect, who then threatened to slap the child for hitting him with the ball.

"I was just playing basketball running down the street," said Porterfield. "The ball had rolled and hit his feet and he says he's gonna slap the s*** out of me."

Instead, the teen shot Ilijah outside of his home where his mother was having a Halloween party to keep her kids safe.

According to police, no one has been arrested at this time.

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