Fender bender leads to deadly shooting

Fender bender leads to deadly shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One man is dead, and several other people are recovering after someone opened fire on an SUV in the middle of the day.

Memphis police say it wasn't drugs or gang violence behind this shooting – it was a fender bender.

The gunman targeted a 69-year-old driver who was just trying to give people a ride home.

"I was thinking the worst," said family member John Walker. "I was thinking the worst."

Walker and his family rushed to South Memphis after getting a call from his brother Tommy.

Tommy said he and the four passengers in his SUV had just been shot at near Tampa Avenue and Marjorie.

Three of the SUV's occupants were hit, with two critically wounded.

"It's not a good thing, I can tell you that," Walker said. "It's not good. It's not good."

Later Friday night, one of the victims, a 58-year-old man, died from his injuries.

James Weathers says his grandfather Tommy owns a construction business and was taking employees home. He got emotional talking about the shooting.

His family lost a cousin to violence two years ago.

"We're strong, but it's just... they keep picking off our strongest soldiers," Weathers said.  "We're not gonna be strong no more, that's how I feel."

Memphis police said the SUV hit a car on Ely a few streets over. The gunman, angry about that, gave chase & opened fire.

"Senseless crime in Memphis," Weathers said. "Senseless."

Two female passengers, ages 35 and 53, were both shot.

MPD said one is in critical condition, and the other is in non-critical condition.

Tommy and his son Robert were not injured in the shooting.

Police haven't released any suspect information at this time.

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