Monday, May 5 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-05-05 22:43:32 GMT
(WMC) - A 13-year-old, who police say shot his sister in the face, is now charged with second-degree murder. Denii Compton, 10, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She spent several daysMore >>
Two days after 10-year-old Denii Compton was buried, charges against her brother were upgraded. WMC Action News 5 learned the family has been through this before.More >>
(WMC) - Two brothers from one Memphis family have been accused of shooting their sisters, 13 years apart.
WMC Action News 5 tried talking with the mother on Monday. She has now had two daughters shot by their own brothers on two separate, but oddly similar, occasions.
In video footage from 2001, Debra Compton speaks with Memphis police after they said her son accidentally shot his sister in the forehead at their grandmother's house in Whitehaven.
Neighbor Angela Lucas recalls seeing the police lights as she rounded the corner.
"The bullet went through her forehead and exited out the top," said Lucas. "That was a frightening day ... I was a bus driver and drove down my street thinking something happened at my house."
The shooting is eerily similar to one two weeks ago where a 13-year-old boy is accused of shooting his 10-year-old sister, who later died.
Two of their older siblings were the ones involved in the 2001 shooting.
Attorney Rob Gowen represents the 13-year-old suspect in the current case, whose charges were upgraded on Monday in juvenile court to second-degree murder.
"And in that case, my client's older brother was given probation. I don't know how this case is different," said Gowen. "Last week, he was charged with a reckless act. I don't know what's changed, other than the fact that his sister passed."
Debra Compton, again dealing with the results of gun violence on two children, was not receptive when WMC Action News 5 went by the house.
Someone wrote in the dust on her car for her to keep her head up.
"Everything happens for a reason. We don't know what the reason may be, but I still lift them up in my prayers, for her as well because she lost a child," added Lucas.
According to this police report, the gun in the 2001 incident belonged to the grandmother. It is unclear where the gun used in the most recent shooting came from, but police director Toney Armstrong vowed to look into the parents.