Man shot while walking dog says it was random act of violence - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man shot while walking dog says it was random act of violence

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - With the Midtown community still on edge after so much recent violence, a new Forbes Magazine report now ranks Memphis as the nation's second most dangerous city, second only to Detroit. 

A recent string of robberies and shootings in the Midtown area has left many residents fearful of performing simple daily tasks like walking the dog.

On April 14, Percy Clarke was walking his dog Biddie on residential Cowden Street when he was approached by a man asking for directions. Moments later, the man pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting Clarke in the face, shoulder and right arm.

Clarke says he doesn't understand why someone would shoot him, and says the incident was just a random act of violence.  
"I don't think most of the crime that happens in the city is just random like this," he said. "I think what happened to me could've happened to anybody. If somebody wants to get in their car and go around and shoot people, there's not a whole lot anybody can do to stop them."                

Clarke says he's determined to put the incident behind him.

Memphis Police are still searching for Clarke's shooter. 

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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