MEMPHIS, Tenn. – An idiotic Internet stunt leads to the shooting of a teen in Memphis. The Memphis Police Department was more diplomatic. They simply said the shooting was “downright dumb.” Nevertheless, the carelessness led to a 17-year-old boy being shot in the head by a friend as they played a game called the “No Lackin Challenge,” officials said.
As a result, the youth remains hospitalized in critical condition after the Thursday incident.
Police told the Memphis Patch website that the reported shooter, 21-year-old Sherman Lackland, didn’t have a permit to carry the gun and faces charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a handgun. He was jailed on $25,000 bond and a hearing is scheduled for Friday.
Apparently, the “No Lackin” game has emerged on the Internet in recent years. The slang word “Lackin” means not having a firearm on you, according to the Urban Dictionary. Therefore, “No Lackin” means you are ready for any situation or confrontation, according to the website.
Consequently, Internet videos show people pulling guns on their friends and vice versa, but no shots are fired.
Yet that wasn’t the case during the early-morning incident inside E’s 24 Hour Café, an eatery east of downtown Memphis.
Police said Lackland was sitting in a booth at the restaurant with the victim. A third party was also present as they played the “No Lackin Challenge.” While playing the idiotic game, Lackland told police he accidentally shot the teen in the right side of his head with a .40-caliber gun, according to an arrest affidavit.
A witness to the shooting, Terrencio Bell, who said he is a cousin of the victim, told local TV station WMC that his relative is in and out of consciousness. “Like right now his brain has swelled up, and it’s bleeding,” he added.
Bell told the station that Lackland is known to play with his gun all the time and disputed the “No Lackin” game was involved.
“No, it wasn’t the No Lackin Challenge,” he said. “We were just sitting there eating when Sherman took [the gun] back out of his pocket, he pointed it up, and it went off.”
However, Louis Brownlee of the Memphis Police Department confirmed to Patch that Lackland had said the pair were playing the game at the time of the incident.
“What’s crazy is that I saw it on YouTube last fall,” Brownlee said. “Someone shared it with our department. And we just shook our heads, like man, that’s just downright dumb. Luckily, there had not been any incidents involving it here locally, until this one.”
“It’s just guys being foolish,” he added. “Our police director is known for saying, hey, let’s not get ourselves hurt or killed trying to get Internet-famous doing something for likes on Facebook or things like that.”