Investigation continues in shopping center shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Investigation continues in shopping center shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis continued their investigation Monday into the shooting death of a young woman at the busy corner of Poplar Ave. and Highland late Sunday evening.

Family members said the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center was the scene of violence and high emotion Sunday night, and were in anguish after someone shot April Gibbs, 26, right through her car window.

Gibbs was taken to The MED where she later died.  The murder weapon, a handgun, was behind under a nearby pickup truck.  Monday, Memphis police said the two male suspects knew the man in the passenger seat.

Family members said he was Gibbs' boyfriend, and the shooting may have happened during a botched drug deal.

By Monday, shoppers were back, with security in full view, at a time when retailers hope Christmas will drive more shoppers through their doors to offset the sluggish economy.

You may blame the slow Monday on the cold, wet weather, because shoppers said they won't be driven out.
 
"It could happen anywhere in the world," shopper Patti Williams said. "You just can't give up hope or anything."

"Everybody's going to buy their kids toys and enjoy Christmas, and we're just hoping that it's not going to be us that's going to be in trouble," shopper Paula Kabakoff added.

Store managers hope shoppers maintain that sentiment, but they wouldn't go on camera.

Poplar Plaza leasing director Steve Brommer said three security officers on duty at the time of the shooting, but it didn't appear the shooter cared who was watching.

If you have information that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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