Charges filed in shooting spree; residents call for change - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Charges filed in shooting spree; residents call for change

A Memphis teen was charged Wednesday, and another man was under arrest, for a violent series of shootings in northeast Memphis early Tuesday afternoon.

In a 15 minute span Tuesday, gunfire broke out in five different locations within blocks of each other.  Afterwards, a 19-year-old went to the hospital with a gunshot wound, while a mother and her child were involved in a crash with a bullet-ridden car.

Wednesday, investigators charged 16-year-old Brandon Johnson with attempted second degree murder and employing a firearm.

Meanwhile, police and residents were still trying to figure out what lead the shootings.

Neighborhood Watch block captain James Washington said the incident was a perfect example of young people who need more direction.

"It's unfortunate that things like that happen, but young people got to get control of themselves and figure out where they are going, where they need to go, and what they need to do," Washington said.

Despite the shootings, Washington said, it would be a mistake to think that only negative things go on in his community.  He said members of Neighborhood Watch are working hard to get rid of unsightly yards, abandoned homes and other things that attract criminals.  

Washington said on several occasions he's even approached drug dealers and asked them to not do business in his neighborhood.

"I say, 'I ain't got nothing to do with what you are doing, but I would appreciate it if you would move on," he said. "It works."

Washington said it's the team effort of neighbors watching out for each other that will make the crime problem go down.

"Don't shy away," he said. "This area is a nice place to live. It's trouble every where you go, but we are working with this."

If you have information that could help police with their investigation, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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