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Memphis boy, 13, shot while watching fireworks

July 5th, 2013 8:32 am by Associated Press

Memphis boy, 13, shot while watching fireworks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Memphis put handcuffs on a suspect within a half-hour of a boy being shot at a Beale Street fireworks show.

The Commercial Appeal reported police found 18-year-old Tashun Jenkins trying to take off a red shirt and hat he was wearing Thursday night.

Police said a witness had seen Jenkins and another man firing into the crowd. One of the shots struck a 13-year-old boy. The witness ran into the crowd, picked up the boy and carried him to police. The witness also gave a full description of the shooter.

Authorities said the boy was struck in the leg and was in non-critical condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

Police said Jenkins' hands tested positive for gunshot residue.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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