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Gunmen at large after shooting two South Memphis fathers

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Two fathers were shot Friday morning in Memphis leaving a community on edge.

Fear and frustration showed on the faces of South Memphis residents who live on Patton Street. They woke up to the sound of guns being fired next to a park.

Family identified Randy Smith, 30, and Geno Brownlee, who is in his mid-40s, as the victims of a shooting at a duplex apartment.

"I was watching the news and I heard a gunshot and I came out and I didn't see anything," neighbor David Coleman said. "[I] went back in and I saw a lot of police cars."

According to police, Smith and Brownlee were inside with Smith's father and another man when two men knocked at the door.

One of the men inside answered and the two men outside opened fire.

"At this point, we don't know what it is," Memphis Police Major Dennis McNeil said. "They were allowed to come inside and shots were fired inside the house. We don't know the relationship between the two."

McNeil said Smith was shot in the chest; Brownlee was shot in the back.

Both were taken to the hospital: Brownlee in critical condition, Smith with non-life threatening injuries.

Smith's brother explained that right before the shooting a woman had been carjacked on Patton Street.

He said he left to get breakfast and came back to find his brother shot and crime scene tape blocking the area.

The brother said Smith was the victim of a shooting a few years ago but didn't currently have any known enemies.

Fed up with the violence, Coleman said he wants a transformation in his community.

"Memphis has got to change," Coleman said. "There has to be a change somewhere."

Police have not released suspect information and said the investigation is ongoing.

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