A 17-year-old Memphis Tennessee teen was shot in the head in a social media challenge gone wrong, police said.
According to the affidavit, 21-year-old Sherman Lackland was on social media, playing the
'No Lackin Challenge" — a dumb YouTube challenge in which participants people record themselves pulling guns on each other - when Sherman accidentally shot his 17-year-old friend.
The name of the challenge refers to 'lacking' a gun or firearm, a way to test their preparedness - should they need a firearm.
In the challenge, no one is supposed to pull the trigger, but Sherman accidentally fired his .40-caliber handgun, according to the Commercial Appeal.
The tragedy occurred while the pair was sitting in a booth at E’s 24 Hour Cafe in downtown Memphis, while surrounded by their peers.
“[There was] a real loud bang, then I see the guy across from [Lackland] fall in the floor,” witness Thomas Fitzpatrick told WMC-TV.
The witness claims that Sherman immediately panicked and began administering aid to his friend.
“He started grabbing him and telling him to get up and then he was kind of mad and was swinging stools and stuff.”
Fortunately, a registered doctor was eating inside the restaurant at the time that the shot was fired, and immediately tended to the boy's injury.
The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
This is just the latest, ridiculous internet challenge to go viral. Recently, youngsters have been partaking in the Tide Pod challenge - where kids dared each other to eat the laundry detergent pouches. The teens who were stupid enough to actually ingest the pods were then seen in the videos vomiting up blue liquid.
Sherman is now facing charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon - after playing a game some say should never be played again.
Here is an example of the ‘No Lacking’ Challenge: