Mother, son shot in apparent drug deal

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A mother and her 23-year-old son were shot Monday night outside a popular East Memphis Shopping Center at I-240 and Poplar Avenue.

The shooting happened at Chatham Village Condominiums after 11 p.m.

Memphis Police Department officials said the mother was shot in the neck, while her son was shot in the chest. Both were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

According to the police report, when investigators arrived the mother said "she had just been shot due to a drug deal gone bad."

No one is in custody at this time, but detectives are questioning the woman's other son, an 18-year-old who was in the condo when the shooting happened.

"I worry about the crime in this area, and I don't know what we can do," resident Pearl Brownlee said.

Brownlee has lived nearby for a long time and said she's more concerned hearing about drug activity and the shooting.

"I think it will get worse," she said.

The suspect was last seen in a white Crown Victoria driven by a woman.

The majority of crimes that have happened in the area have been vehicle burglaries. Police have been called to the area almost 200 times in the past two months, mostly for car break-ins and shoplifting.

Monday's drug deal happened behind the shopping center just minutes after Target, Best Buy, and several big box stores closed.

"That's very surprising. I didn't expect something like that to happen," resident T J Lopez said. "I'm not personally worried, but I think it's something that's going to plague all of our city if it's not taken care of."

A nearby homeowner's association is having a private meeting Tuesday night to discuss ways to fight crime in the area.

"We just have to watch our back," Brownlee said.

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