Man Arrested for Shooting at Four-Year-Old

(Memphis) Gun violence landed a Memphis man in jail, accused of shooting several times at a man, woman and a four-year-old child.

Police say 23-year-old Tarvin Dean pulled the trigger in the Pendleton and Lamar area.

They say he is known on the streets as “Quail.”

“He’s just somebody from the neighborhood,” said Deannia Dobbins.

But police say Tarvin Dean could have ended the life of a 4-year old-boy with his reckless behavior.

They say he shot a gun several times at a man and woman, who were with the little boy.

Fortunately, none of them were hit and the couple was able to identify Dean to police.  he next day, officers chased him down Pendleton to arrest him.

“It was about four of them right there. The police whooped him,” said one woman.

Deannia Dobbins says she’s lived in this Orange Mound neighborhood for 37 years and crime is just getting worse.

She tells us this, as local teenagers flash gang signs behind her, “Parents don`t care what their kids do.  Parents don’t care who their kids are.”

And some say guns around here are just too easy to buy.

“Where do people get their guns?” asked Reporter Sabrina Hall.

“I guess off the street,” said Rodney Dent.  “People be selling guns and going to the pawn shops and getting guns. It is easy.”

And it’s easy for a four-year-old to get caught in the crossfire. 

“It’s horrible,” said Dobbins.

“It’s just the way it is around here,” said  Dent. 

“Is that a way for a year old to be raised?” asked Hall.

“No mam. Not at all. Not at all,” said Dent.

Dean has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and he is being held on a $50,000 bond.