Apartment owner fights crime in complex - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Apartment owner fights crime in complex

An apartment owner wants to kick crime out of his complex, and that could include the family of a 6-year-old girl who was shot by her 5-year old brother.

Chopper 5 was there as paramedics rolled the girl into an ambulance.

Tonight the girl is in good condition at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and the apartment owner wants to prevent shootings it.

James Carmichael bought the Greenwood Village Apartments about five months ago.

In those five months, he has put $1.5 million dollars into renovating the complex. His goal is to make it safe for children.

"Create a safe living environment where the children can grow up in is paramount. 16:17 Free from drugs, domestic violence issues," Carmichael said.     

Despite Carmichael's passion to provide safe homes for children through strict standards, zero tolerance policies, and many evictions he was not able to stop a five year old boy from accidentally shooting his six year old sister in the hand while playing with a handgun inside the family's apartment.

Carmichael said he wants to take back this neighborhood where people live with government assistance from section eight because his grandparents in England grew up on a similar program.

"I feel like so many tenants here, 700 tenants...many children, elderly. Single mothers, and I just think people need help," Carmichael said.

Carmichael said he is even willing to pay for speed bumps on Peres Street if the city will simply approve it.

There is no word yet on if the mother of the two children will face charges.

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