Gang-related crime decreases but remains a problem

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jail doors slammed on a woman accused of shooting five children. Kimberly Worthy is facing five counts of attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm.

The teenagers were shot while leaving an anti-violence basketball tournament last week on Saturday.

WREG first reported the shooting over the weekend, but new information reveals the fired shots may be gang-related.

Gangs mark their territory all over Memphis leaving scary reminders that gangs are in your neighborhood.

Nearly a week after the shooting, children have their guards up as they shoot hoops across the street from the Hillview Apartments, where the teenagers were shot over the weekend.

” When I heard it, I ran but I waited for a little minute because a bullet flew past my face,” Corey Scott said about the frightening moment.

Scott said he watched his friends drop like flies, as five people drove by, firing bullet after bullet.

“That’s when I just broke down crying,” Scott said.

Police said everything leading up to those five young boys being shot, all started at a home on Hollyford Road.

According to charging documents, there was a fight involving gang members.

The affidavit of complaint revealed Worthy, and at least on other man involved, are in a gang.

The gang is known as the Gangster Disciples.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports the gang is just one of many responsible for crime in the area.

While crime has been trending downward over the past four years, Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) said don’t let the numbers fool you, because there’s still a war to be won.

“Kids, young people, adults gravitate toward gangs because they provide them with something that’s missing,” Randy Odom, Chief Operating Officer of MAM, said.

Odom’s organization is working to fill the void.

“It’s not a simple out, but there is an out and if you’re committed to changing your life then there’s people who can walk you through that process,” Odom said.

Despite the shooting that occurred after their event last weekend, MAM still plans on having their midnight basketball tournament.

However, the organization have vowed to step up security in and around the event.

Worthy is being held on a $5 million bond as police continue searching for three others involved in the shooting.


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