Fire destroys house after shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Fire destroys house after shooting

Just hours after a man was shot and killed, flames filled a nearby house and car. Now an investigation is underway to find out if the fire was purposely set to try to get street justice.

At one house, family members were heart broken over the shooting death of 25 year old Carl Cruther.

At another house, nothing but ashes.

Both tragedies may stem from an argument between two one time friends that got out of control.

"He didn't bother no one for someone to come and do something like that is really triggering a lot of things," cousin Jason Daniels said.

A few hours after police started investigating Cruther's killing, a fire broke out just a few houses down on Miller Street.

"We got a second call from police saying there had been shots fired and we should be cautious," division chief Ron Mitchell said.

Christina Edwards' mother lives at the house that caught fire. According to her, her brother Michael Robertson is a suspect in Cruther's death and her mother's house was set on fire out of retaliation.

"I'm terrified she had only been gone from her home 10 minutes. She didn't have anything to do with this. Why'd they take it out on her. If my brother did do this, she didn't have anything to do with it. She shouldn't have to leave her home," Edwards said.

Edwards' says this car that was on fire at the same time as the house is also her mother's.

"The car is owned by one of the people who lived in the house, which does make things look a little suspicious," Mitchell said.
    
Just what started the argument between Robertson and Cruther is still unclear. But what is clear is that since their argument, one young man is dead and a house and car are destroyed.

The fire department says no one was home when the fire started.

Edwards says her mother fainted when she heard the news and was sent to the hospital.

Police have not returned phone calls to tell us if any arrests have been made in the shooting or possible arson.


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