Man shot, killed while washing his car

(SOURCE: family)
(SOURCE: family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man was shot and killed Sunday while he was washing his car. His girlfriend said it simply wasn't his time to go.

Memphis Police Department said Frank Douglas, 36, was outside washing his car in the 1600 block of E. Shelby Drive around 9 p.m. Sunday. Suddenly, someone fired several shots at him.

"It was not his time to die," widow Alesha Yeager said. "He was at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Douglas was rushed to Methodist South Hospital, where he later died.

Yeager said she knew something was wrong Sunday night when she couldn't reach Douglas. Then finally, someone picked up his phone. It was an officer on the other end of the line telling her to come to the hospital.

"I was rushing. My heart was pounding, I thought I was going to have a heart attack," Yeager said. "Then when I got there and they said that the shooting victim was deceased, I started crying."

Yeager said Douglas was caught in the crossfire of an argument. It was a dispute that started earlier in the night between a group living at a nearby apartment complex and coworkers at the Chism car wash, where he worked on the weekends.

According to investigators, Douglas was washing a car with another coworker after hours when he was hit by the gunfire.

"They shot Montrell in the back and there were 15 or 16 bullet holes in the shed," Yeager said.

Now, their 2-year-old daughter is left without a father and her mother is determined to see his killer brought to justice.

Yeager is hoping surveillance video from the car wash or apartment complex may lead to investigators finding the shooter.

No arrests have been made in this case, and MPD has not released a suspect description at this time.

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