Man accused of shooting 12-year-old girl at Fourth of July party in Frayser

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 12-year-old girl was shot on the Fourth of July, and her aunt’s boyfriend is behind bars, police say.

Adren Johnson, 29, is charged with several counts of attempted first-degree murder as well as firearms charges.

Police say two children, ages 12 and 8, were at their aunt’s house on Durham Avenue in Frayser for a July 4 celebration. But when their aunt began fighting with her boyfriend, Johnson, the children called their mother to pick them up.

When the woman arrived to pick up the children around 1 a.m., police say Johnson recognized her from an earlier incident. He pointed a handgun at the woman and her children and fired, hitting the girl once in the upper right arm, police said.

The mother drove her child to a fire station on Millington Street for help. The girl was taken to Le Bonheur for treatment.

Johnson was booked into jail Wednesday.

We spoke to the little girl’s mother on the phone. She told WREG her daughter is recovering physically, but mentally, things are anything but okay. She said her 12-year-old daughter is now terrified and she can’t get her to come out of their house.

The incident comes after a violent few days for children in the city. This is at least the fifth child injured in a shooting since Sunday.

Earlier this week, 7-year-old Kelby Shorty died after he was hit by gunfire in North Memphis. The soon-to-be second grader was one of nearly two dozen children lighting fireworks and playing July 4th when he was shot. Two other adults were also hit by the gunfire.

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