Man fixing up deceased mother's home killed in shooting, family says

Man fixing up deceased mother's Frayser house killed in shooting, family says

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man was shot and killed in Frayser on Sunday afternoon, according to Memphis Police Department.

The shooting happened on Madewell Street near the intersection of Bankston Cove around 3:14 p.m.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found an unresponsive man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Neighbors reported hearing five gunshots.

"We were grilling in the backyard, me and my wife, [and] we heard the shots," Ron Ricketts said.

Family members said John Hizer came to his mother's house Sunday afternoon on Madewell Road in Frayser to mow the lawn.

Last month, Hizer mother's passed away. The family has been working to fix up the house to sell.

"Just a few minutes before the gunshots, he was mowing the backyard. I noticed he his lawnmower is in the back of his truck, and I noticed he didn't finish the backyard, so I don't know what transpired after he quit mowing the yard. It's tragic," Ricketts said.

Family said the home been in the family for 40 or 50 years.

At the scene, police took several people to the station for question. Police have not said if they have any suspects in custody.

Shocked family members said off camera that they have no idea why anyone would hurt Hizer.

Ricketts, however, said gunshots are common in the area.

"We hear shots around here all the time. I mean that's nothing new," he said.

With this violence a block away from Rickett's home, he will take extra precaution to be safe.

"I don't go to my car without my pistol with me because you don't know what will happen," he said.

The Hizer family already buried a mother and grandmother last month, and now they will bury another family member who, according to family, was simply trying to get some yard work done.

Police have not said what led up to the shooting.

Hizer leaves behind a wife and a son.

This is an ongoing homicide investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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