Tragic Death of Memphis Toddler Brayden Smith in Celebratory Gunfire Incident
Brayden Smith, a 3-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, succumbed to a gunshot wound on January 3 after a bullet penetrated his family’s apartment window during what police suspect was “celebratory gunfire” on New Year’s Eve. Assistant Police Chief Don Crowe emphasized the illegality and dangers of celebratory gunfire, urging the community to refrain from such actions.
The incident occurred in the Edgewater Cove neighborhood, prompting a swift response as Brayden was rushed to Le Bonheur in critical condition around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, despite efforts, the toddler passed away at 6 a.m. on January 3, as reported on a GoFundMe page established to assist with funeral expenses.
Memphis police are actively investigating the case, seeking justice for Brayden. Gunfire detection software recorded 327 gunshots between 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day, with residents reporting shots fired 195 times during these six hours. In the broader context, unintentional shootings, as documented by the Gun Violence Archive, numbered 1,573 across the United States in 2023. The new year has already witnessed 20 unintentional shootings in the initial five days.
Efforts to obtain information about arrests or persons of interest in the case from the Memphis Police Department were met with limited response, as officials declined to provide further details on the ongoing investigation.