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Neighbors concerned about community's crime increase

Shunn Jones, 19, is charged in the murder of 24-year-old Courtney Johnson Shunn Jones, 19, is charged in the murder of 24-year-old Courtney Johnson
Arric Ford, 18, and Greg Shaw, 19, are charged in the murder of Keon Buck. Arric Ford, 18, and Greg Shaw, 19, are charged in the murder of Keon Buck.

(WMC-TV) - Three shootings and two homicides in one week have residents in Ripley, Tennessee fearful.

Residents say crime in their community is out of control.

"I was one who used to leave the TV on, door open, go to sleep and not worry about that," said Harriet Parker-Coleman.

Coleman and others have now started to lock their doors in an effort to stay safe.

"We need to pray for one...its the younger community. They don't understand they can talk things out without shooting it out," added resident Sammie Manns.

On Friday, October 12, 24-year-old Courtney Johnson was gunned down during an attempted robbery outside his house in the Autumn Hills subdivision.

19-year-old Shunn Jones is charged with first degree murder in this case.

One week later, Keon Buck was shot in the back in the Rolling Hills Apartments.

Buck's 2-year-old son was in the car when his father was shot.

Arric Ford, 18, and Greg Shaw, 19, were both charged in this incident.

"We're sending a message to them that engaging in this violence only leads to two places, the penitentiary or the cemetery," said District Attorney Mike Dunavant.

Early Saturday morning, Raymond Theus was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to Domino's Pizza on Washington Street.

No arrests have been made in this case but police are questioning several suspects.

Officials are trying to determine whether the crimes are connected.

"It could be as simple as personal disputes and conflicts, related to drug activity, and it could be just violence for its on sake," Dunavant said.

Officials say police are stepping up patrols but are asking Ripley residents to keep an extra eye out for suspicious behavior.

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