Investigation continues into Monday's triple shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Investigation continues into Monday's triple shooting

The death of a second victim from a triple shooting Monday marked the seventh murder in Memphis in just ten days.

Three young people, two in their teens, were gunned down in cold blood in a neighborhood while they sat in a car. Sgt. Vince Higgins of the Memphis Police Department said investigators think the shooting was in retribution for something.

"Some altercation occurred prior to this between the victims and the suspects," he said.

What that argument was about, and who it was with, is a puzzle to police and friends of the victims.

"They are just real cool. One of my closest friends," said Therron Echols, a friend of the victims. "We hung out, grew up together road bikes, did some of everything. We started school at the same time."

Two of the victims lived next door to Echols: 17-year-old Cedric DeWayne Stanley, who died in the shoot out, and his older brother.

16-year-old Mark Collins, who died Tuesday, also lived in the neighborhood.

Bernard Threatt, who walked to Wooddale High with Stanley, said the three young men were not trouble makers.

"Everybody is trying to figure it out, he said. "Everybody is trying at school to figure out what happened."

Threatt said he didn't go to school Monday, and he thought it may have saved his life. He said he likely would have been in the car that was ambushed.

"I was lucky. Everybody said I would have been right there," he said. "I know for sure I would have gotten in that car. I told my Momma that."

Investigators are not sure why the three victims were parked in front of the house on Mendenhall.

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