A 14-year-old is shot while at the Evans Elementary School playground in South Memphis Sunday afternoon, and Memphis police are investigating if it was intentional or accidental.
Friends say the teen may have been shot while playing what kids in the neighborhood simply call the "shooting game."
"If it's a bullet in there or not they shoot it at you. And if you shot, you shot; you not, you not," says the victim's friend Deanna Conrad, 15.
Conrad says she found out about the shooting - occurring at the school across the street from her house - after a friend came knocking on the door.
"My friend came in and was like, ‘He got shot! He got shot!' I was like, ‘Who you talking about?' She was like ‘KT! KT!' which is Kelvin," says Conrad, "We ran over there; he just got his bandage over him … It wasn't a bandage it was like a ripped up shirt tied on him. You could tell he was shot on his side."
The teen was taken to the Med in non-critical condition; his status was later changed to critical.
Police say the shooter involved fled the scene.
Even though it is an isolated incident, it has neighborhood parents concerned for their children.
Parent Donna Peterson says she told her 10-year-old daughter Shania Peterson, "What if you was up here playing and it could've been her? She could've been a victim."
Donna plans to have another discussion with her daughter about what to do around guns.
"If you over at a kid's house and they playing with a gun, you get up and come home," she says, "Don't sit around and play this or do that because it can easily accidentally go off and shoot her."
Conrad is also planning to talk with her peers about playing with guns, which is a common sight for the neighborhood, according to her.
"You just … You see it sometimes; you don't see it. That's just how it is around here," says Conrad, "Why would you have a gun? What's the point in you having a gun? To protect yourself from what? That's what police for. That's what your mama for."
She is thankful that, given the situation, things did not end up worse.
"He could've been dead and gone in my eyes; he could've been dead and gone. And you would've been six feet under and then what you going to do? You can't do nothing after that," says Conrad.
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