Woman accused of opening fire at a family cookout

Tanieka Ray, 33, is charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at Sylvester Morris.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A woman is in custody after allegedly firing shots during a cookout in South Memphis Saturday.

Tanieka Ray, 33, is charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at Sylvester Morris.

According to an affidavit, two officers responded to the disturbance around 6 p.m. Morris told police that Ray came over during his family cookout and started an argument about something concerning her brother.

Morris told Ray he didn’t want to hear her complaints and to leave his property. He then said Ray went to her home across the street, retrieved an unknown caliber handgun and fired three times at him.

Morris’ wife, son and daughter-in-law were standing by the garage nearby.

“Everybody ok. Everybody ok. But it was a scary situation because nothing ever happened like that and we never would have thought she would have did anything like that,” a victim who did not want to give his name said.

Ray was taken into custody and later charged with aggravated assault. A warrant led to the recovery of a black and silver handgun which was tagged as evidence.

People at the cookout say nobody was injured, but it was still a scary situation.

Ray is due in court tomorrow morning.

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