MPD leader CJ Davis reacts after separate fatal shootings involving children

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Police Department chief is advocating for change after two children were killed in separate shootings.

Police said an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed in a house along Timothy Drive in Whitehaven just before 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning. According to a police report, the child’s father, identified as William Oliver, claims he was shooting the one he believed to be an intruder.

Oliver has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with his daughter’s fatal shooting.

The shooting has prompted MPD leader CJ Davis to reiterate how pulling the trigger can lead to tragedy.

“We’re tired of gun violence, not just here in Memphis, but across the country,” Davis said. “We are fed up with gun violence. “

On Friday evening, a 6-year-old girl was shot and killed along Boxtown Road. Detectives say it appears another child found a gun and fired the fatal shot.

A source close to the investigation claims that the little girl, who was declared dead at Le Bonheur, was accidentally shot dead by a brother or sister. The source adds that it’s likely that an adult, possibly the gun owner, will be charged with leaving the gun unsecured.

So far, no charges have been filed. However, police are still investigating exactly how another child may have gained access to the gun.

Davis says violence has a ripple effect, impacting families and the community.

“What this is doing to our community is devastating. We should all be fed up with it, ”Davis said.

Eighteen children have died violently this year alone, almost two per month. The majority of the deaths have been classified as murders.

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