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60-year-old caught in crossfire dies

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A 60-year-old man was shot in the 800 block of Lenow Park Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

He died Wednesday in the hospital.

Neighbors said he was shot while simply hanging out on his back porch.

Neighbor Wilma Waller said the sounds she heard Tuesday afternoon in her neighborhood came as a shock to her. 

She said they were sounds she soon realized were people shooting back and forth. However, she also was shocked to hear her 60-year-old neighbor was caught in the crossfire and left bloody on the back porch where he normally sits.

"I thought he got hit around the neck, but when the lady came back from the hospital, she said he got shot in the temple," Waller said.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. in the College Park community near LeMoyne-Owen. 

Family and friends are still grieving the death of Darnell Killebrew, but neighbors remember him as a good man.

“Mr. Darnell was a quiet man; didn't bother anybody and stayed at home,” Waller said.

“It was over $2, a dice game, and somebody didn't want to lose,” Waller said.

Neighbors said Killebrew was sitting on his back porch when gunshots rang out between two groups of men. According to a witness, Killebrew was trying to run for cover.

“He was at his door trying to get in it and it got him in the head,” Waller said.

Another neighbor who did not want to be identified said Killebrew has a 13-year-old son that he was raising. It’s unknown if the boy was at home when the shooting happened.

“He raises his own son and he home schools him, so it's just the two of them living over there,” she said.

Bullets flew just steps from a playground where children were playing.

"People can't wait until the weather's warm to come out and, what do they call it, hunt each other. It's awful," Waller said.

At least three bullet holes were seen in units near the one where Waller said the victim lives with his 12-year-old son. Waller said the victim homeschools his son.

"At first they hadn't held out much hope for him, but they said they were going to do surgery and try to remove the bullet," Waller said.

Waller said guns are not the answer and innocent people, like her neighbor, get caught in the crossfire. 

"If you can't talk it out, then leave it alone. Guns are not the answer. Innocent people always get hurt," Waller said.

Police are searching for two suspects. Both were wearing grey sweatpants and grey hooded pullovers at the time of the shooting.

One woman who has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years said they are not used to shootings.

"Family-like neighborhood, you know, everybody knows everybody," Techena Daniels said. "So, something like this happens, it's kinda scary."

The men responsible are still running from police.

“I got so angry because I'm so sick of this mess,” Waller said.

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