MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are on the hunt for a dangerous criminal they say shot a man where children come to play.
A 23-year-old was shot on the basketball courts outside the Lester Community Center. Police are investigating, but do not have any leads.
Mathieu White works for parks services and hands out sack lunches on the courts outside the community center to needy kids.
“Some kids just don’t have the opportunity to eat during the summer time, like they do during the school year,” he said.
However, Wednesday night, those same basketball courts were swarmed with police instead of children.
Even though the shooting did not happen inside the center, White said he worries it will scare people away.
“We’re out here trying to keep kids safe and feed kids, and it’s just terrible to think that in the same location where I have dozens of kids come by every day, that there’s a shooting a couple of hours after I leave,” he said.
White is part of the mayor’s Gun Down program and said crimes like these stand in the way of the good work he and others are trying to do in the community.
But, as the police continue to search for suspects in the shooting, White said he will continue to work towards change.
“The kids need a positive influence to let them know that this is not alright,” he said. “You don’t need to fight. You don’t need to pick up guns.”
Police do not have a description of the shooter, but if you can help them get the guy off the streets, call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.