Man shot during vehicle repossession

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A man was taken to The MED in critical condition after a shooting Monday afternoon at the Peppertree Apartments on Graceland Drive.

Police said the incident started when the apartment complex called Carr's towing to have a car removed from the parking lot.

"The wrecker driver got here, put the vehicle on the wrecker and he was confronted by a male armed with a weapon," Lt. Col. Ray Douglas of the Memphis Police Department said.
That is when an argument erupted.  Authorities said one of the two employees inside the tow truck pulled out a gun and shot the owner of the car.

"He came to the driver door to the tow truck, and then the white guy pulled the gun out his case and started shooting.  As the black guy was falling to the ground, he shot him two more times," witness Perry Collins said.

Some neighbors said it is not the first time they have had problems with tow truck companies trying to remove their cars.

"It's really pitiful what they're doing, coming and pulling people's cars for nothing.  I can't even come and visit my grand baby, I'm afraid they're going to come and tow my stuff," neighbor Teresa Douglas said.

And now many are hoping this shooting will be a wake up call to end the violence.

Action News 5 stopped by the tow truck company. When employees saw us pull up, they ran inside and would not answer questions.

Meanwhile, the man who was shot remains in critical condition.

The two tow truck employees were also transported to the hospital after they complained about having chest pains.

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