"Are you Cripping?" question leads to shooting near high school

"Are You Cripping?" Question Leads To Shooting Near High School

(WMC-TV) – People say crime scenes are all too common in the neighborhood surrounding Raleigh-Egypt High School.

"I have a child and that's why I don't let my child come out and play," said one neighbor on a recent shooting scene.

Both students and parents blame gangs for much of the violence. One young lady who did not want to me identified told Action News 5 there is more than one to worry about.

"It's like a rival between Bloods and Crips," she said. "And they got Fam Mob and Goonie Mob and all that," she added.

Memphis Police say 24-year-old Jonathan Hall shot at two students walking to school one morning last week after asking if they were in a gang. Specifically, he asked if they were "cripping" according to an affidavit.

Police say the two teens put their hands up and retreated out of fear before three or four shots were fired.

"They like "are you cripping?" said the student with whom we spoke. "And you say no or yes," she added.

She said answering the question incorrectly, or not at all, usually means trouble.

"They just want to shoot you because they got something against you," she said.

Turns out, Jonathan Hall was already a convicted robber when police say he terrorized the teens. His bond was set at $300,000.

He he will likely not be asking questions of anyone else in the neighborhood, anytime soon.

Police say Jonathan Hall tried to carjack a man minutes after shooting at the teens. He's accused of firing at least six shots at the victim as he drove away.

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