Residents form more cohesive neighborhood watch after woman shot - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Residents form more cohesive neighborhood watch after woman shot, killed in friend's driveway

(Source: Family) (Source: Family)

The Walnut Lake Grove community is joining forces to keep a close watch on one another.

The community was hit with a flood of emotions after someone murdered 55-year-old Susan McDonald as she picked up her friend to go volunteer for a 5k race on Saturday.

"Our hearts, our thoughts and prayers and sympathy go out to the family of the victim," said one neighborhood watch member who wanted to remain anonymous. "We're just all so sad for them."

While neighbors said a grey Lexus with temporary tags sped off after the shooting, police said there are no suspect or vehicle descriptions.

"It seems like it was random," said the watch member. "We don't know the facts."

Neighbors added that two other people were robbed in their driveways in the community.

"One was at Christmas time and one was about two, three months ago," the watch member explained.

Police haven't said whether there's a connection between these three crimes. Police did add, however, that unlike the shooting at  6 a.m., the driveway robberies happened around 9 p.m.

Neighbors plan to meet with police and are following the 'Three L's' of crime prevention: lights, locks, and the law.

Light up your residence, lock your doors at all times, and call the Law when you see something suspicious.

"We encourage people if you feel like you're being followed, don't go home," added the watch member. "Drive to the nearest police station."

Community members are always watching for license plate numbers, car and suspect descriptions.

The family released a statement calling the crime a "senseless, cold-blooded murder of a wonderful and beautiful person. A sister, an aunt, a co-worker, and a friend to so many people."

Residents plan to put up purple ribbons in the coming days to show the pain of their loss and solidarity.  If you can help police find the killer or killers, call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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