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Mental health worker shot in Frayser

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV)- An ambulance sped away from Gregory Avenue Wednesday afternoon with an injured mental health crisis worker inside. 

Memphis police spokesperson Karen Randolph described the victim as a forty year old who was taken to the Med in critical condition but was later upgraded to stable condition.

The victim was shot in the neck by a suspect inside home in the 16-hundred block of Gregory when he and a female co-worker came to assess the suspect's mental stability. 

Police say the shooter was subdued by his brother who then retrieved a .25 millimeter handgun.  Moments later Debra Evans Brooks got a call from her sister who was also on that crisis call.

"She called and told me not to watch the news and I was like what?" said Brooks whose
sister, Angela Evans, narrowly dodged a bullet.

"She says that as soon as they walked up into the car port to go in the house that's when he started shooting."

Evans and her injured co-worker are employed by the Crisis Stabilization Unit, a state mental health initiative that launched in Memphis earlier this year.  
But Brooks says it's a dangerous job.
"When these people come out here they're not armed to protect themselves."

The goal of CSU is to keep mental patients out of mental facilities or out of jail whenever possible.  But Brooks says the state may need to reevaluate their procedures.

"I think that you need to send the police out to check on them and then if they need to go farther then you need to call CSU to come out."

Debra Evans Brooks hopes the state will consider changing the rules. 
If not, she hopes her sister will consider another career.

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