Police continue to investigate shootings in northeast Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach and Lori Brown

Police continue to investigate shootings in northeast Memphis

At least one person was taken to the hospital. At least one person was taken to the hospital.

Police are questioning several people following multiple shootings in northeast Memphis Tuesday afternoon. Police don't yet have a motive, and no one has been charged.

The shootings happened at five different locations, all within one square mile of each other and within a period of 15 minutes. Shell casings were found at each intersection.

Investigators said police were first dispatched to the 2600 block of Snowden on a 'shots fired' call at 1:15pm. Ten minutes later, officers were called to a shooting near Jackson and Columbia. That was followed by a third shooting call in the 1000 block of Tillman. Officers then received a call at a house in the 2400 block of Lyndale. Finally, officers were called to Summer and Hudson, where a shooting ended in a three car collision.

All five shootings appeared to involve the same people. At the scene on Lyndale, investigators said a 19-year-old man was shot, but not seriously hurt.

A 16-year-old boy was shot at another scene, but is expected to recover. Neighbors reported hearing shots before it happened, but didn't see anything.

Residents are extremely frightened and frustrated by Tuesday's events.

"I heard a lot of shots," one neighbor said. "Stop the violence."

Two injuries were also reported at the scene of the vehicle collision on Summer, but no one was seriously hurt. Witnesses said one of the shooters ran a stop sign, causing the wreck.

Police questioned people at each scene, including one man who was captured on tape by an Action News 5 photographer as he ran from an officer. It was unclear if the man was ever caught.

Employees at Buckeye Technologies corporate headquarters said a stray bullet shattered an office window.

Buckeye's Vice President of Human Resources Terrence Reed says he's thankful the employees are okay, and the company will continue to work with police and the city's leaders to make sure the area is safe.

"It obviously has its challenges just like other places in Memphis," said Reed. "Our goal is to continue to work with police to make it a safe environment."

Investigators are working to determine what prompted the string of shootings.

Stay with WMCTV.com for updates on this developing story.


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