Early morning violence sends 4 to hospital - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Early morning violence sends 4 to hospital

(WMC-TV) – Memphis police say several people were attacked in an apartment complex early Thursday morning. Four suspects are in custody.

Police believe the attack began as a robbery attempt at Camelot Manor Apartments on Camelot Lane around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Initial reports from police said they were responding to a shooting. Later, it was reported that a machete was used to hurt the victims. Investigators did not find machetes or knives on the scene. They now believe the victims were beaten with guns, but not shot. A shotgun and handgun were found at the scene.

Four people, including three men and one woman, were taking items from an apartment to a car in the parking lot when they were approached by two or three armed suspects, police say.

"Seven shots rang off last night," said Jarvis Ross, who lives in the neighborhood. "And yeah, it caught us off guard."

After the attack, all four victims were rushed to the hospital. They are listed in non-critical condition.

According to police, the suspects were trying to flee the scene in a silver 1999 Ford Explorer when they were pulled over. The driver got out and ran from the scene; the three passengers were taken into custody. Officers were still there when the driver returned. He/she was then arrested.

Ross says it is incidents like this one that makes him worry for his family.

"Very much worry about their safety because I got a little brother stay over here, too, and during any given time, some shots might go off and he might be one of the persons that get hit, so yeah, it's nerve wracking," said Ross.

The names and charges of the four people arrested have not been released yet. They are booked in Shelby County Jail.

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