Teen shooting the latest incident in neighborhood in decline - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Teen shooting the latest incident in neighborhood in decline

Memphis police are searching for a gunman who shot a Memphis teenager.

Monday night, 14 year-old Ebony Smith was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting.

Investigators said she was hanging out with other teenagers at the Lucky Seven Store at the corner of Holmes and Given when a silver or gray 4-door car drove by. Witnesses said the people in the car were shooting paintballs and live rounds.

Smith was taken to Le Bonheur in non-critical condition.

Today, Action News Five went back to the neighborhood.

William Lee grew up in this part of Highland Heights. He said his neighborhood is at the bottom of a deep decline, and it wasn't always this way.

"It was a real nice neighborhood, it was clean. The kids were safe going to school," he said. "There were hardly ever any incidents in this area back then."

The Halloween night shooting of a teenager would have been out of the ordinary then, but now, "Its drugs on almost every corner, people getting shot, children getting shot," Lee said. "The children are not the targets. The children are innocent bystanders who are getting hurt for no reason."

Other neighbors said it's not all negative on Given Avenue. Quinn Gipson is trying to make his way as a record producer.

"Even though I'm in the street, I do what I do," he said. "But I'm an independent guy."

Lee said he is glad to see Gipson doing something positive in his neighborhood. He said there are some quiet times, wonders if they are enough to turn his neighborhood around.

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