Child recovering after attempted robbery and shootout

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A six-year-old girl was recovering Thursday after a shootout behind the Wonder Bread Hostess Outlet on Jackson Avenue.

The bizarre chain of events began around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot behind the Wonder Bread store on Jackson Avenue.

Ray Ghoshen, a nearby business owner, heard gunfire.

"We ran outside and one of the customers said, "Ray...Ray...They shooting at the Bread!'"

According to witnesses, a security guard at the Wonder Bread Store was speaking with his supervisor when two suspects armed with guns approached the guard and tried to rob him.  Investigators aren't releasing details about what happened next, however, we are told the security guard's supervisor, Glen Poole, was somehow shot in the stomach before the suspects took off.

"You better believe if he come to my store I'm going to nail 'em down," Goshen said. "He's not going to be walking. If he put a gun on me I'm going to kill him."

According Major Anthony Berryhill of the Memphis Police Department, a third off-duty Memphis Housing Authority Police Officer saw what happened and began chasing the suspects.

"The security officer that was pursuing him was following him in his vehicle at this point before he started exchanging fire," Berryhill said. "One of the suspects fired into his vehicle which he had the six-year-old daughter in the car with him.  This six-year-old daughter was struck."

The child was transported to the hospital, treated, then released.  Officials said suspect Devonte Bland was struck in the leg and also taken to the hospital.  The other suspect got away.

If you have any information that can help police locate the other suspect, call Memphis Police or Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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