MPD increasing patrols after I-40 shooting

MPD increasing patrols after I-40 shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department said it is stepping up patrols on interstates in order to keep drivers safe. This comes after two interstate shootings in less than three days. The most recent shooting happened as someone was trying to exit onto I-40 Monday.

A truck overturned on Warford Street near Interstate 40 after someone began shooting at another driver on Monday.

According to police, a man in a black Yukon said he was traveling on I-40 near Warford Street. When the driver tried to exit onto Warford, someone drove up behind him and started shooting at him.

The passenger in the Yukon, James Grant, was not hit, but 11 shots were fired during the incident.

"I just turned around and saw someone shooting," Grant said.

Grant was traveling to work with two of his coworkers inside the Yukon.

"We were just at the light," Grant said. "We were about ready to turn to go and then he started shooting."

The incident may have been a result of road rage.

"He got mad because we got over on him," Grant said.

While trying to get away from the area, a separate driver in a blue Avalanche lost control. The truck flipped. The Avalanche driver was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition due to injuries from the crash. He was not shot.

"The blue truck was nervous about the shooting and ran the red light," Grant's wife, Kelly Morgan, said.

Police blocked traffic in the area to investigate. The scene has since cleared.

Grant said the suspect was in a gray or silver 2-door Infiniti. He said the suspect had gold teeth and was wearing a hoodie.

Police are now stepping up their patrols on the interstate after what some are calling a rash of interstate shootings. Friday, a passenger was shot as she was riding down I-240. No one has been charged in that shooting. In January, a man was shot as he was driving down Sam Cooper in what he said was road rage.

"It's crazy; it's crazy. We need prayers. That's what the city needs," Morgan said. "We have to be nicer out here in the city of Memphis. We can't do this."

Morgan said she appreciates what the police are doing to keep the roads and interstates safe, but she is still calling for a change.

If you know anything that can help Memphis Police Department track down who fired the shots, call MPD at 901-545-2677(COPS).

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