Tennessee boy injured after falling from building

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 15-year-old boy is out of the hospital Tuesday after reportedly falling off of a building in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Police say a boy was jumping from building to building near Lebanon’s town square.

Michael Sanders owns North Cumberland Guns and Ammo in the square. According to the report,  the boy fell in an enclosed area behind Sanders’ business.

Sanders says he has seen kids climbing the walls of the buildings many times.

“I’ve seen kids coming down drainpipes. It’s not a playground; you can get hurt back there and you should stay off the rooftops,” he said.

According to Sanders, kids shimmy up drain pipes and poles to make their way up.

“They run from building to building. Don’t know if they enjoy the view or for sport, but it has been happening for some time,” he explained.

Surveillance video caught teens in the alleyway behind Sanders’ shop around 9 p.m. Friday.

They congregated and pointed up to something on the roof. A shadowy figure of someone was climbing the building.

The surveillance video showed someone throwing something down to one of the people in the alley.

Roughly an hour later, Lebanon police arrived at the scene. According to their report, they are responded to a vague report that someone had fell off the roof. Despite a lengthy search, law enforcement found nothing.

Then another call came to 911; a man at Burger King across the street said someone was hurt. “Jumped off another building and missed,” the caller told dispatch.

Crews returned to the scene. According to the police report, a boy’s faint cry was heard, but crews didn’t know where he was located.

Lebanon fire crews went to the roof of the Jackson Hewitt Tax Building. They found the 15-year-old injured boy laying in a court yard only accessible through the tax building.

The boy was rescued and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

So far no one has been charged. Officials at Vanderbilt say the boy has since been discharged. The extent of his injuries weren’t immediately known.

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