Shooter opens fire on car in busy intersection - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shooter opens fire on car in busy intersection

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Union Avenue at Idlewild Street reopened following a shooting that shutdown the intersection during the busy lunchtime rush Monday. 

Memphis Police Department said the shooter riddled a car with bullets before driving off southbound on McLean Boulevard. Witnesses said the suspect drove a two-door older model black car with chipped paint.

As the victim's car began rolling backward following the shooting, a passenger jumped out and ran to the fire station for help. Firefighters were able to stop the rolling car.

Witnesses watched the gunfire and scene play out from Starbucks.

"Very unexpected," Tatiana Johnson said. 

Johnson said she had a front row seat in front of Starbucks at Union and McLean when the gunfire started.

"I saw the passenger of the white car jump out trying to get the attention of the fire department," Johnson said. "And the white car was just rolling into traffic."

Johnson said she wasn't scared but was watching carefully.

"I was very alert, but I wasn't scared," Johnson said. "I just started praying."

Starbucks employees said it was a little too close for comfort.

"But, yeah, that was crazy," employee Latisha Anderson said. "It was so close. It was just crazy, that's crazy. I hope ain't nobody hurt though, but that's crazy." 

Anderson was checking customers out at Starbucks when the gunfire started.

Investigators are trying to sort out the evidence and determine what led up to someone firing shots from a moving car on such a busy street.

"At this time we do not know the relationship between the suspects and the victim," Memphis Police Department Lt. Col. Dana Sampietro said. "This is a very busy intersection and of course that's our concern."

Witnesses said they're just thankful nothing else and nobody else was hit in the shooting, considering the location and time it happened.

"It's sad that you sitting just working, some people enjoying coffee, and you hear shots at 10 o'clock in the morning," Johnson said. "It's just scary."

Union Avenue was shutdown for more than an hour as investigators inspected the scene.

The victim is in non-critical condition.

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