A 17-year-old boy was shot in the neck while at a community center early Tuesday evening that was the site of an anti-gang violence meeting, police said.
The reported shooting took place at the North Frayser Community Center at Pickett Park on St. Elmo Avenue at around 6 p.m., police said.
Mayor A C Wharton's anti-gang team, the 901 Block Squad, was holding a meeting at the North Frayser Community Center to come up with ideas to stop gun crime.
The unidentified teen was in the rear of the community center and had stepped outside when shots were fired. He was taken to The MED for treatment. He is listed in non-critical condition.
Ten people were inside the community center at the time the teen was shot. Some of those in attendance were teenagers. Some heard up to six shots.
"We were in the gym playing basketball," a witness told FOX13 News. "Somebody got to shooting. They ran into the gym and said somebody got hit in the head."
"He said, 'you want to step outside to use the phone?,'" said Delvin Lang of the 901 Block Squad. "A stray bullet ricocheted off the building. It was not a direct hit ... attack on him from kids over here."
Police are searching for two black males. One suspect was wearing a white hoodie and a baseball cap while the other suspect was wearing a black hoodie and a baseball cap.
One of the wanted suspects was armed with a weapon. One of the suspects had a long chin beard.
The incident remains under investigation.
If you can assist police you are urged to call CrimeStopper at 901-528-CASH. Your anonymous tip could lead to a cash reward.
FOX13 anchor Greg Coy contributed to this report.
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