Family mourns father of 6 caught in crossfire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family mourns father of 6 caught in crossfire

Christmas presents sit under a small tabletop tree inside the Walker family's apartment. One gift is a new wristwatch meant for the man of the house, but it's a gift 45-year-old Jake Walker will never get to wear.
    
"I've got to live without my husband, and the kids without their father," said widow Lavern Walker. "And that's very difficult."
     
Jake Walker was shot in the head as he sat in his truck outside McLemore's Market on Sharpe Avenue last week. The market is just down the street from the apartment he shared with his wife and six children.
    
"It's kind of sad," said stepson Melvin Scott. "'Cause I'm always used to him being here."
     
Memphis Police said Walker was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire of a possible gang fight.

Surveillance video from the store released on Wednesday clearly shows customers reacting to the sound of gunshots outside. 

There's also footage of the suspected gunman, who was caught on camera behind the store's counter.
    
"I really believe deep down in my heart that whoever shot him wasn't trying to shoot my husband or kill my husband," says Lavern Walker.
     
She says she prays someone will see the surveillance video and come forward. "I'm just gonna put it in God's hands, you know?"
     
The family continues to keep faith in the face faith of such a tremendous loss.
    
Police say the suspect is probably only 17 or 18 years old. He has a gap between his front teeth. Anyone with information that could help police should call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.


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