Man wanted for firing shots into crowd of children

Man wanted for firing shots into crowd of children
Marcus Dotson (Source: MPD)
Marcus Dotson (Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police are searching for a man that fired shots into a community center full of children.

Police said on February 5 at 6 p.m., Marcus Dotson entered the Riverview Community Center in the 1800 block of Kansas Street with a handgun.

There was a basketball game happening when Dotson entered.

"He aimed the gun at the kids on the floor, then he aimed at the bleachers," said Davontae Stone, who was in the gymnasium when the shooting happened.

Police said Dotson was accompanied by a 14-year-old boy, who has been taken into custody.

Stone said after the gunman pointed his gun at the kids, he fired his gun into the air and ran.

"We come here to be safe," Stone said. "And it feels like we can't be safe coming here. This is the only place we go during the day when it's cold outside to play basketball. So if we can't be safe here, there is nowhere else we can go to be safe."

Dotson is wanted for 51 counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

However, this is not Dotson's first encounter with the law. Police arrested him for aggravated assault in 2013. Police said he is accused of stabbing and hitting a man at a restaurant who testified against him in a robbery case.

Outreach volunteers said they would like to see more police and more attention and resources from the city to ensure every community center is truly a safe haven for kids.

"Greater presence of the police here, perhaps things would change," Rev. Dr. Russell Morrow said.

"Acts like this will not be tolerated. Our community centers will be a safe haven for the youth of Memphis," said Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings. "It is important that anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Marcus Dotson contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH."

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