Woman Accused of Not Telling Police Teen was Shot
7 Eyewitness News Staff
A Jackson woman was arrested after a teen in her home was reportedly shot and she did not report the incident.
Jackson police responded to a “shots fired” call at 1:45 a.m., Thursday in the 100 block of Belmont Ave.
Officers said they found bullet holes in homes in the area and spoke with Elisa Gray, 42, who reportedly told officers that she heard gunshots but had no other knowledge of what happened.
A couple of hours later, workers at a local hospital reported to police that a 14-year-old boy had come to the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the left leg.
The teen told police that he was visiting relatives at the home when the bullet struck him in the leg when he was inside the home.
Investigators said Gray had knowledge that the boy was injured but told him to be quiet because she did not want to be disqualified from the Section 8 housing program.
Gray is now charged with filing a false report and child neglect.
She is set to be arraigned in Jackson City Court, Friday morning.
"It's frustrating to law enforcement because we're there to help and yet we have to encounter these stumbling blocks from the very ones we are trying to provide a service to," said Lt. Tyreece Miller of the Jackson Police Dept.
Lt. Miller said the victim and Gray are cousins. Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting.
If you have information call the Jackson Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477 (TIPS).