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Beale Street Flipper shot in back hopes to someday flip again

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For the first time, a Beale Street Flipper shot in an alley off of Beale Street is opening up about the incident.

"He had no right to pull no gun out," said Beale Street Flipper Tajuan Jones. "I don't give a care about no one else-- he wrong."

Jones has made a living with the flippers for 17 years, but he said his flipping days may be numbered after he was shot.

"I got shot in the back," recalled Jones. "I got shot twice."

Police charged Joseph Lawrence, Markeith Miller and Tiffany Lewis in connection to the crime.

Jones said he didn't know the alleged shooter or the accomplices. He explained that he was trying to break up a fight between two women when things got out of control.

"We tried to calm it down and stop it, and stop it, and stop it, but the guy kept reaching for his gun," Jones added. "He kept reaching for it so many times until we could do nothing but smash."

The founder of the Beale Street Flippers said the shooting came as a shock to him.

"Like we've been out here for 30 years, like 30 years," said founder Rorecas Bonds. "Not one incident where someone got shot."

Meanwhile, Jones just looks forward to the day when he can tumble again.

"When you love something so much, and you can't do it no more, it hurts," said Jones. "So, I'm a try my best (sic), put it in God's hand, but if I can't, I can't."

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