East Memphis community outraged by recent violence


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Members of an East Memphis community say they are fed up with violence after yet another shooting plagues the area.

Residents are very frustrated to see two shootings, one involving a child, happen on Sharpe Avenue in East Memphis.

“I hope they catch your [expletive]. Simple as that,” said one man who spoke with WREG. “If not, don’t bring that [expletive] back around here.”

Friday night, Memphis Police were called to a home where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition.

Police say the suspect ran away wearing a white and green shirt. Little information has been released about what led to the shooting, but police say the suspect is known.

“I heard somebody got shot in the chest and somebody got shot in the leg, and I heard about who did it. So, turn your [expletive] in, but don’t bring that [expletive] back around here,” a resident said.

A resident who spoke with us didn’t want to go into too much detail but says there have been issues on the block before, and he’s tired of it.

“Whatever you do is your business, but you do that around here, then I got an issue with it,” he said.

Just three days ago, a little girl was shot only a few blocks away.

“Yea, I can’t believe that happened in broad daylight,” said Telisha Felix, a relative of the young victim. “I mean it’s bad enough you’re shooting but to aim at a child, to shoot into a car, that’s unacceptable. That’s unheard of.”

People we spoke to living here say they would like to see more done to crack down on crime in the community. Until then, they say they’re going to do what they have to do to remain safe.

“Just pray for them,” a resident said.

If you have any information about either incident, you are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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