MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Downtown Memphis bustled last weekend with people attending Memphis In May festivities, the farmer's market, and getting a taste of the local restaurants.
But, while carriages shuttled tourists and others walked the Downtown streets, shots rang out.
The shots were fired just after 8 p.m. in front of the South Main fire station and National Civil Rights Museum. A bullet went into a moving car as the driver, Conni Stock, and her two passengers headed north on South Main Street near Butler Avenue.
Nobody in the car was injured, but they are shaken because the bullet hit the car just behind the driver-side door. Now, Stock is using this tragedy to encourage her neighbors to speak up.
"It was a senseless shooting, senseless," Stock said. "I heard an explosion."
She was driving down South Main Street on Saturday after grabbing dinner when she heard the gunshots.
"It was like boom, boom, boom," Stock recalled.
Her car was hit by gunfire, leaving a bullet hole that can still be seen.
"I was just trying to grasp on what it could be," Stock said. "Like maybe a Memphis In May celebration or fireworks or something like that."
She said she was riding with her daughter and the windows down when it all happened. She was shocked because she lives downtown and has never had a real reason to be afraid.
"I'm just not fearful downtown," Stock said. "Our community is such a great community and very welcoming."
However, a check on the crime numbers showed that police investigated 36 reported incidents within a 1-mile radius of where her car was shot on South Main since February. Those numbers include 20 robberies and 16 aggravated assaults.
As for Stock, she doesn't believe she was the intended target. She doesn't want to be a victim and wants to use this scare to encourage others to do what's right.
"Be our good neighbors, pay attention to what's going on and start reporting this information," Stock said.
She is hoping nearby cameras can help police catch whoever is responsible for the shooting.
As for those responsible, she only has one question for them.
"I just would like to ask them, 'Why,'" Stock said. "What are you doing?"