TN lawmakers look to toughen penalties in shootings involving vehicles

Early morning shooting on I-240 sends 2 to hospital

TN lawmakers look to toughen penalties in shootings involving vehicles

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two men are recovering after an early morning shooting on I-240.

The shooting comes as lawmakers in Nashville push for tougher penalties in shootings involving vehicles.

It was a wild scene on I-240 Wednesday morning with cars barreling down the highway over 100 miles an hour.

Moments later, two men in one of those cars were being rushed to the hospital after being shot.

A witness told police a black Camaro going eastbound appeared to be interacting with two other cars at speeds reaching over 100 miles an hour.

When the black car exited at Getwell, the witness told police one of the other cars, a brown or tan Nissan Altima, pulled in front of the Camaro.

That's when someone in the Altima got out and started shooting at the two men inside the Camaro.

Police say one victim was shot in the stomach, the other in the chin.

Both men were able to speak with police before they were taken to the hospital.

Police are still looking for suspects.

It's unclear why all of this happened, but it joins a growing list of shootings involving cars.

This comes after Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings called for increased patrols after several road rage shootings back in October.

Shooting on I-240 sends 2 to hospital

Now, Tennessee lawmakers are saying enough is enough.

"It should be a stiffer penalty for these types of assaults or endangering others,” said Senator Sara Kyle (D) from Memphis.

A pair of Memphis lawmakers, including Sen. Kyle, introduced a bill that requires courts to revoke a defendant's license for up to a year after jail time.

State Representative Rick Staples (D) is pushing another bill in response to the 2016 death of JaJuan Latham, a 12-year-old shot and killed while sitting in a car in Knoxville.

The bill would hand tougher penalties to criminals who shoot from a car and the victim is a minor.

"His killers haven't been found,” Rep. Staples said. “It's my hope that if we can pass this enhancement that when they finally catch his killers, that they will meet due justice."

On Wednesday, the bill cleared another committee, one step closer to becoming law.

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