Mother shot while protecting daughter from gang recruitment

(WMC-TV) - Leaning against a wall just to stand up, Beverly Dean talked about the moment she stood between her daughter and gang members trying to recruit the teen.

"I could hear the bullets like they were breezing by me.  It was just awful," said Dean.

With a bullet still lodged in her upper leg area, Dean explained the gang recruitment began three months ago - when they moved into the old Kingsgate Apartments, now called Montero Apartments.  She says the daily walk from the apartment to the car got increasingly dreadful.

"They're constantly telling our teenage daughters either you get down with Kingsgate Mafia or you get out of the apartments," Dean said.

The recruitment escalated Saturday when Memphis Police say a suspected female gang member used a bat to knock out the window of a car driven by Dean's boyfriend.  Police say Jonathan Williams then asked "what y'all gonna do?"  When they said they didn't want any more problems, police say Williams fired a hail of bullets.

"I couldn't hardly lift my leg and I was like, 'I think I've been shot'.  It could have been so much worse.  I know the Lord.  He had his arms around me," stated Dean

Memphis Police arrested Williams, after finding gun residue on his hand.  Dean's greatest concern is to see that her 17-year-old daughter makes it out alive.  She is just months from starting college, and has a four-year scholarship.  But they have nowhere else to live.

"I really don't want to be here right now.  I wish to God there were somewhere else I could be," stated Dean.

Williams will be in court Monday morning.  So far, the female gang member has not been arrested.

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