Mother: Police ticketed me for protecting my 4-year-old son

Crash and shooting scene. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Crash and shooting scene. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A mother claims she was issued a ticket for doing what was needed to get her child to safety after shots were fired at her car.

El-Akima Muhaimin said she was driving her 4-year-old son to get dinner  around 5 p.m. Monday when chaos broke out.

She said they were driving near Third Street and Belz Boulevard in South Memphis when a car full of people came driving toward them on the wrong side of the road. The passengers opened fire on several cars, including hers, as they sat at a red light.

Muhaimin said she punched the accelerator and ran the red light in an effort to avoid getting shot.

"A bullet could have easily went through my windshield and hit him. He [suspect] was shooting exactly on his side," Muhaimin said. "I ducked and pushed my foot on the gas and next thing you know, I feel another car hitting me this way and another car hitting me this way."

Muhaimin said she kept driving and eventually stopped at a nearby Church's Chicken where she ran inside and hid herself and her son in the bathroom.

When officers sorted out the chaos, they gave Muhaimin a ticket for running the red light and driving without insurance.

"I just panicked and my best thought was to run and get my baby out of that situation," she said.

Nobody was injured in the shooting. Police are still searching for the suspects.

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