Teen father gunned down at community center

Westwood Park Murder Victim Leaves Behind 7 Month-Old Son

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – A Memphis teen was brutally gunned down outside of a Memphis community center, and police want answers. But police officers aren't the only people who have questions about this shooting.

Davail Lewis, 18, leaves behind a 7-month-old son who will one day question why his father was taken from him.

"It's sad," said his grandmother Regina Sears-Sessel.  "It's very sad."

His dad was shot multiple times Wednesday afternoon while hanging out with friends near the basketball courts outside the Westwood Community Center.

"And that's just sad he won't be here to see his child grow up and everything," said family friend Valerie Davis.

He died on the scene just as his son's mother and grandmother picked him up from day care.

"When he got off the day care bus, he cried and cried and wouldn't stop crying," recalled Sears-Sessel.  "And then she got a phone call saying his daddy was dead."

Witnesses told Lewis's family the shooter fired his gun from a ditch.  News of the teen's death hit his mother and sister particularly hard.

Both were treated by paramedics for exhaustion as a crowd of grief-stricken friends and family grew.

"We're not gonna tolerate it, point blank, that's it," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

The murder's proximity to a community center got Wharton's attention.  He and MPD Director Toney Armstrong showed up to reinforce their commitment to ridding the streets of illegal weapons.

"There are no 2nd amendment considerations at all with respect to gunning somebody down like an animal," said Wharton.

"We're gonna take care of him the best we can," said Sears-Sessell about raising the victim's son without his father around.

There is no suspect description and police are not releasing a possible motive.  Call Crime-Stoppers at 901-528-CASH with any information.

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