Former Melrose, Louisville star shot at basketball court

Former Melrose, Louisville star shot at basketball court
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Former Louisville and Melrose High School basketball star Chris Jones was shot at a basketball court Tuesday night.

The shooting happened after several players got into a fight around 11 p.m. at the public court located just behind the Memphis Police Department's Mt. Moriah Precinct.

Officers heard the gunfire and went outside to find people running. MPD said one other person was hurt in the fight and had a head injury.

"You really can't go nowhere without people doing something this ignorant," said Justin Pearson, who plays on the court.

Jones was shot twice in the leg and was taken to the hospital, but he is expected to be OK.

"When stuff like that happens, it makes you not want to come back," said player Takesia Barnes.

With the suspects still on the run, officers said they have no witnesses or surveillance video available yet.

Players said there were cameras placed near the court a month ago but now they're gone.

"You'd think with being right next to the police station there would be a camera on the basketball court... but that's on them... that's another thing," Barnes said.

Officers said the cameras that were there were moved to cover a baseball tournament, but they are now moving an additional camera to specifically cover the courts.

More officers are checking the courts during their shifts, and they're adding foot patrols.

Jones said he's going to be OK, and the players said they're not letting what happened influence their game

"You can't stop doing what you do because of somebody else's actions," Pearson said.

As a point guard at Louisville, Jones averaged 13.7 points per game in his senior year. He was dismissed from the team in 2015, just before he was arrested on allegations he raped and sodomized two women in a campus dorm. A grand jury declined to indict Jones and two other men.

The 25-year-old Jones has spent the past two basketball seasons in France.

Police have shut the court down while they investigate the shooting.

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