Memphis family's home bullet-riddled and firebombed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis family's home bullet-riddled and firebombed

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Memphis police and fire investigators are looking into strange attacks that caused a mother and her children to move from their home.

The home near I-240 and Getwell Road was shot at and firebombed in two separate incidents.

Four molotov cocktails were thrown through the windows of Kimberly Lightfoot's home one morning earlier this week.

Her charred belongings still sit on the curb.

"I woke up and there were fire trucks from one end of the street to the other," said neighbor Billy Forrester. "Luckily, she wasn't home -- nor her kids."

Lightfoot and her children weren't home that morning because they'd moved away two weeks earlier - after their home was riddled by bullet holes in a drive-by shooting.

Forrester says four men were responsible. "They got out of the car and all four doors opened, and they got out and unloaded four pistols in the home, and then drove off."

He says he suspects the same men committed the fire-bombing.

But multiple sources told Actions News 5 that Lightfoot had a substantial renter's insurance policy with Liberty Mutual.

A neighbor who requested to remain anonymous said valuable belongings were moved out of the house just before the fire. "The night they were moving out..the next day I drove by and the home had been bombed."
    
Lightfoot agreed to talk to Action News 5 earlier Thursday, but she could not be reached Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Forrester says he refuses to believe Lightfoot would be involved in insurance fraud. "Maybe some of her brothers or friends...not her. She's a pretty good girl."

Action News 5 was told the insurance company is conducting its own inquiry.
    

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