Friday, March 7 2014 9:36 AM EST2014-03-07 14:36:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Police are responding to a shooting call at the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis. Action News 5 is working to learn more. Stay with WMCTV.COM for the latest. Get the latest from Action NewsMore >>
A shooting sent security guards running through the Oak Court Mall during the dinner hour Thursday evening. Witnesses say the guards told everyone to get inside a store and take cover.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:28:06 GMT
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:10:32 GMT
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MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – Thursday's shooting at Oak Court mall started with an argument over a previous gang shooting and a stolen shirt, according to witnesses cited in a Memphis Police Department incident report.
Theodis Pitchford was shot once in the stomach. Officers found him lying on the floor in the rear of The Loft. According to the incident report, Pitchford told police he had been shot by a guy named Otis, who also goes by O.J.
Police say they recovered a .40 caliber magazine with bullets in it from Pitchford.
Two witnesses told police they saw Pitchford and three men get into an argument with two suspects near the Essence kiosk. The first suspect pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Pitchford once. Then the gun jammed.
A separate set of witnesses told police that Pitchford and the men he was with had gotten into an argument with the other group of men last week over a gang shooting. At the mall, they were fighting over a stolen shirt.
Memphis police believe the shooter is still on the loose.
Shortly after the shooting Thursday evening, officers stopped a car at Tuckahoe Road and Goodlett Street. They believed the people inside were connected to the shooting.
A 19-year-old and three 17-year-olds were in the car. The three teens, one woman and two men, were taken to juvenile hall. The 19-year-old, Dewon Avant, was booked into 201 Poplar.
Avant is charged with theft of property and unlawful possession of a weapon. According to an affidavit of complaint, there were two stolen guns found in the car. One of the guns was from Arkansas and one was from Shelby County.
However, according to police, neither Avant nor the other three teens are believed to be the Oak Court Mall shooter.
Police are describing the shooter as a man between the ages of 21 and 22. He is 5'7" and weighs about 150 pounds. Police say the shooter was wearing an orange hoodie and has dreadlocks.
Investigators are still reviewing surveillance video.
In a statement sent to Action News 5, Oak Court Mall's general manager, Matt Beyerstedt, said:
"One of the key elements of Simon's comprehensive security program is to maintain a close relationship with local law enforcement authorities. We have a very good relationship with the Memphis Police Department and work side-by-side to make Oak Court Mall safe."
According to police, in a strange twist, a man wearing an orange hoodie showed up at Methodist South Hospital with a gunshot wound. He claimed to have been shot at the mall. Police say while his clothes matched that of the shooter he was not the shooter seen on mall surveillance video. Police also do not think he was actually shot at the mall.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:47 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:28:26 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
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A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:54:29 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
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Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>