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Surveillance video released in shooting of Germantown woman

(Source: Memphis Police Department) (Source: Memphis Police Department)
Susan McDonald (Source: Family) Susan McDonald (Source: Family)

Surveillance video caught the car of the person police think shot and killed a Germantown woman.

The violence happened Saturday in the 8400 block of Bazemore Road.

Police think the person who killed Susan McDonald, 55, tried to rob her first.

Officers do not have a description of the killer, but they believe he/she drove off in a newer model, dark colored, mid-sized sedan with a Tennessee temporary tag.

Seven minutes after the car was caught on camera, the murder had been committed. 

Neighbors said their sense of peace is shattered and the only way to begin healing is for the killer or killers to be tracked down.

Neighbors did not want to be identified for their safety.

"It's a sad event for the friends, family and neighbors and my heart goes out to the family and everybody that was involved," one said.

They said they hope the video will be shared far and wide and someone will turn in the suspect.

"I want this individual caught," another neighbor said. "I want the neighborhood to go back to the way it was.  Not being so skeptical about everybody that comes into the neighborhood."

With two robberies since December, neighbors are on alert to suspicious behavior.

"We just need peace brought back," a neighbor said. "We need to take our neighborhoods back. This violence needs to stop."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 901-528-CASH (2274), texting 'AWARD' to 274637 or visiting

Meanwhile, McDonald's family released the following statement:

"Due to inaccuracies and misreporting of some of the facts in the murder case of Susan McDonald the family would like to address some of the inaccuracies and speculation about this case.

Since it is still an ongoing investigation we are limited in our statements as the police department investigate and search for Susan’s killer.

Susan lived in Germantown, not at the home in Cordova where this terrible tragedy occurred. She was there to pick up her friend; they were volunteers for the scheduled race at Overton Park on the morning of August 1. She was murdered just after 6 am after pulling into her friend’s driveway on Ericson. This was not a drive-by shooting nor a domestic dispute of any kind.

Susan was shot point blank in the face after a brief struggle during what might have been a robbery or car jacking attempt, but irregardless turned into the senseless, cold-blooded murder of a wonderful and beautiful person. A sister. An Aunt. A co-worker and friend to so many people. She was taken from us in the prime of her life in what has become an all too common tragic crime.

Whoever did this got nothing from her; her car was still running, her purse was still on the passenger seat. They got nothing, but they took so very much by taking her life.

Our family is devastated by this. We have complete and total faith in the men and women of our Memphis Police Department, that they will apprehend the perpetrator(s) soon so no one else has to endure this rollercoaster of emotions and loss. We pray for our sister and her friends who had this tragic act unfold in their driveway. We thank them for all they did to try to help Susan McDonald, our sister, our aunt, and our friend.

We ask that if you have any information that will help in the apprehension of those responsible for this heinous act, that you contact the authorities."

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