Young boy killed by stray bullet from celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve

 January 7, 2024

One Tennessee family's New Year's Eve took a tragic turn after a stray bullet that was fired from inside the family's Memphis apartment complex struck and killed three-year-old Brayden Smith.

The tragedy occurred because of "celebratory gunfire" by the family's neighbors.

Memphis Assistant Police Chief Don Crowe said in a press conference, "Celebratory gunfire is illegal and celebratory gunfire leads to tragic events like this and we just have to stop shooting these guns."

Smith was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but despite the efforts of doctors to save him, he finally succumbed to his injury on Jan 3..

The Memphis police department issued a statement saying, "The investigation is ongoing, and our investigators are working tirelessly and diligently to bring those responsible to justice."

This horrible story is a reminder of how important gun safety is and how crucial it is to be responsible when shooting weapons for any reason. This tragedy could have been avoided if whoever fired the shot that killed Smith simply had used common sense and not shot a weapon in a crowded apartment complex.