Man burns car as distraction before shooting at family

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man set a car on fire as a distraction in attempt to shoot a family of three, according to Memphis Police Department.

Charlie Patterson was arrested Monday and has a $1 million bond for aggravated assault and for attempted first-degree murder.

On Nov. 5,  police were called to Northmeade Avenue where a car was on fire. While there, they discovered a victim had also been shot in the leg.

When the three residents of the home went outside to put out the fire, they said Patterson was hiding and shooting at them as they came out.

"All of the sudden, I hear pop, pop, pop," witness Dorian Richardson said. "As soon as my auntie came out, they opened fire. They baited them to get them out of the house."

"Them kids could have got hurt. My cousin, when she ran out, her 2 year old was behind her, so her pushing her out the way, the guy, that could have been her or that baby," she added.

Two people noticed the truck on fire as they drove by and stopped to help but quickly heard seven or eight shots being fired. One of them was shot in the left ankle.

The three residents told police the incident arose from a previous altercation the day before between family members and Patterson.

Patterson has an extensive record. In 2014, police pulled him over for speeding and found a bag full of weapons in his car. He was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.

He was also charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping and second-degree murder in 2003.

Richardson's fears are not eased knowing Patterson is behind bars.

"They keep letting him out," she said.

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