Cooper-Young neighbors hopeful cameras caught suspect in double shooting

Cooper-Young neighbors hopeful cameras caught suspect in double shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Police are searching for the person responsible for shooting two people early Friday morning outside of a business in Cooper-Young.

Memphis police say these two victims have non-life threatening injuries.

A recently-installed Sky Cop camera on the corner of Cooper and Walker may play a key role in solving this crime.

Around 7 Friday morning, people in the Cooper-Young neighborhood woke up to a man screaming in pain and police lights.

Investigators say two men were sitting in a car outside Hire Quest Direct, a job placement business, when someone walked up to the car and shot them.

The suspect then ran away down Walker Avenue, according to police.

“I’m not that surprised that it happened. I mean it happens all around,” said Thomas Meriweather, who has lived in Cooper-Young for years.

Hours after the shooting, medical supplies and a pool of blood were left on the sidewalk, a grim reminder of the shooting that occurred here.

“Why is there blood on the sidewalk?” said Alex Jones, a neighbor.

He decided to do something about it.

“I’m a little surprised but I just walked by and saw it, I’m going to take care of it with some bleach and a mop,” Jones said.

According to the Cooper-Young Neighborhood Watch Association, nearby cameras, including a Sky Cop camera right across the street, captured the entire shooting and they have handed that footage over to the police.

“I think it will help them find who did it and bring them in,” Jones said.

In 2019, members of the Cooper-Young community raised money to purchase and install several Sky Cop cameras after a string of violent crimes in the area.

Using public safety data on the City of Memphis website, we found there have been only 53 reports of violent crimes to Memphis Police within a half-mile radius of this shooting in the past six months and zero homicides.

Neighbors we spoke to say they feel very safe in the area.

“It’s helped a lot, it sure has,” Meriweather said.

So far Memphis Police have not made any arrests in connection to this shooting. If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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