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A 17-Year-Old Boy Was Shot In The Head After A Viral YouTube Challenge Went Horribly Wrong

The "No Lackin Challenge" has grown in popularity, and it's insane. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
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A YouTube prank that features friends pulling guns on each other has gone horribly wrong and has left a 17-year-old shot in the head. According to People, the Memphis victim was shot by 21-year-old Sherman Lackland as part of the so-called "No Lackin Challenge." In the stunt, people pull guns on their friends — and their friends also pull out guns — without anybody actually firing their weapons.

Fox 19 shares that Lackland and the victim were at E's Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday morning when the incident occurred. Lackland was sitting in a booth with two people he knew and did the No Lackin Challenge. That's when Lackland accidentally shot his friend in the head. A witness described the stunt gone wrong. "A real loud bang, then I see the guy across from him fall in the floor,” said Thomas Fitzpatrick.

After shooting his friend, Lackland got distraught. "He started grabbing him and telling him to get up and then he was kind of mad and was swinging stools and stuff,” Fitzpatrick said. Another witness shared her outrage. "That's not what they're made for, and they shouldn't be having guns in the first place," said Rebecca Birch.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital. His name has not been released and he is reportedly in critical condition. Lackland has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.

According to radio station Power 99, the No Lackin Challenge originated in Chicago. Here is other footage of the No Lackin Challenge in action.

Comments on the YouTube montage, which has more than 190,000 views, shows that fans are both entertained and horrified by the challenge. "Man they all have their fingers on the trigger i was waiting for someone’s gun to go off lmao," commented one. "Man, and people that act like the guns are the issue," added another. "By far the dumbest challenge ever," "Probably the least funny challenge to happen all year" and "Good way to get shot pretty dum," are other sentiments.

The song "No Lackin" was released by Lil Mister and P. Rico in 2012. The music video has over seven million views on Youtube.

[Photo: Memphis Police Dept]