Teen Shot During Social Media Stunt Gone Wrong

Another online viral 'challenge' has ended tragically this week. Police in Tennessee say a 17-year-old shot in the head, was the result of a social media stunt gone wrong. 

According to the Commercial Appeal, Sherman Lackland, a 21-year-old Memphis resident, shot his friend in the head while playing with a .40 caliber gun inside a Midtown restaurant on Thursday. 

Lackland and his friend were participating in the "No Lackin' Challenge" - a YouTube stunt in which people pull guns on each other, but don't actually fire any shots. In this instance, Lackland accidentally pulled the trigger and wounded his friend. 


"A real loud bang, then I see the guy across from him fall in the floor,” Thomas Fitzpatrick told WBRC. Fitzpatrick inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

The victim is in critical condition according to officials. 

The "No Lackin'" videos on YouTube generally show people pulling guns on each other to prove they're not "lackin'", which Urban Dictionary defines as slang for being 'unarmed.' 

Dangerous social media challenges have become more common, such as last month when people posted videos of themselves eating Tide laundry detergent pods, which sickened dozens of teenagers in recent months. 

Lackland was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of a weapon Memphis Police said. 



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