A teen has been left in critical condition after an internet challenge proved to be too dangerous.
According to WMC-TV, a 17-year-old in Memphis was shot in the head while participating in the ‘No Lackin’ Challenge, a social media dare that sees participants pull guns on each other without pulling the trigger.
Police say 21-year-old Sherman Lackland was sitting in a booth with friends at a local cafe playing the No Lackin Challenge when he accidentally shot his friend. Thomas Fitzpatrick, who was inside the restaurant at the time, said he heard a loud bang before seeing the man across from Lackland fall to the floor.
Fitzpatrick says Lackland was visibly upset following the shooting, “He started grabbing him and telling him to get up and then he was kind of mad and was swinging stools and stuff.”
A quick search for the challenge on YouTube pulls up over 8,000 results, many of which consist of compilation videos of people participating in the challenge. “No lacking challenge gone wrong” also appears to be a common search.
Lackland has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.