(WMC-TV) – A Memphis neighborhood is trying to figure out why a man chose to go up against two robbers when they approached his car.
The victims, a male and female, were sitting in a parked car on Aloha Avenue when two men approached the car. Seeing the robbers carrying guns, the female fled the parked car.
The male stayed refusing to open the door so the suspects shot him.
Neighbor Reginald White was home when it happened around 11:30 p.m. Friday. He only knew what had happened when police arrived.
"I think I heard 4 or 5 gunshots," White stated. "I saw somebody laying out in the grass but I couldn't tell."
Linda Shumaker is down from Minnesota working on her late mother's home. A home she's considered keeping.
"That scares me to death," said Shumaker. "But after what you told me that put a nail in that coffin honey I ain't doing that anymore," she added.
The chance Shumaker could be a victim of random crime, she says is just too high.
"I have a disabled daughter and we've been coming in and out of this house for months now. Staying well into the night," Shumaker said.
The Shumaker family wanted to make sure, not only, that people didn't break in and steal things from the house but also that they didn't get in for drug activity so they put wooden beams around the house.
The crime is worse than the family imagined. Both neighbors say the shooting was a wake-up call as they try to figure out why the Hispanic victim resisted.
"Maybe he didn't understand what they were saying," said White. "Or maybe he was just scared to death seeing someone with a gun in his face," he added.
Shumaker now questioning what her husband would do.
"He'd just say here it is and walk away," said Shumaker.
The Memphis police department has not released a description of the two suspects.