Groundskeeper hospitalized after being shot while mowing grass

Groundskeeper hospitalized after being shot while mowing grass
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police officers are investigating a shooting that injured a man Friday morning.

The shooting happened near the point where Delmar Avenue turns into Waldran Boulevard.

Witnesses said a groundskeeper was shot while cutting grass at an apartment complex.

"We just heard the six or seven gunshots," neighbor Krystal Smith said.

The victim's condition is currently unknown, but neighbors said he was shot in the leg and is going to be OK.

The victim waved his arm as he was placed into an ambulance, a positive and reassuring sign to those who were shaken by the incident.

"He didn't deserve to be shot," resident Rosie Conley said.

According to many neighbors, he had no enemies and was just doing the job he does every week did for multiple properties in the area.

"That's how he provides for his family, working in this hot sun, and today he's going to the hospital," Smith said.

For people who live in the area, it's scary.

"It's just awful," Conley said.

"I'm afraid for my kids to go to the park, because I'm afraid if they go up there, a shootout might happen," Smith said.

Police said the man responsible is a black male, in his early 20s, medium build, and was wearing a black cap, white t-shirt, and black jeans.

"People want freedom," Smith said. "We should have the right to come out of the house and be able to enjoy and be peaceful."

Police are still not releasing a motive for the shooting, and it's unclear if the victim knew the shooter.

If you have any information on this shooting, you're asked to call police.

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