MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men are locked up and accused of shooting up an apartment full of children in South Memphis.
Jaquez Stevenson and Montarius Wells appeared in court on Tuesday. They’re not likely to get out of jail anytime soon.
Wells and Stevenson are being held on a $150,000 bond and charged with nearly 20 counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
The shooting happened at an apartment complex off of Haven Court.
Neighbors said they heard shot after shot ring out from the complex on Monday.
“These kids out for their summer break and they can’t even come outside. that’s pitiful,” Lonnell Davis said.
Children’s toys lie on the grass behind the bars of the apartment complex.
However, what police said landed Wells and Stevenson behind bars at 201 Poplar was far from child’s play.
“You got young guys – 20, 21, 19 – shooting in the house where kids from 6 months to 7, 8, 9 years old,” Davis said. “That’s pitiful. That’s sad.”
WREG obtained the affidavit of complaint, which revealed police found 20 shell casings on the scene.
Bullets flew everywhere and could have hit any one of the five kids and two adults in the apartment at the time.
“I’m trying to get as far away as possible,” Davis said. “I don’t even let my baby come outside.”
Davis claims the entire neighborhood is riddled with crime, ranging from gang activity to break-ins.
“It ain’t safe. It ain’t safe. It ain’t even safe for me to be outside with her you know,” Davis said.
No one was injured in the shooting, but people who live in the community were shaken up.
Many of them were trying to understand how someone could fire a gun at an apartment full of children.
Wells and Stevenson are expected back in court next week on Wednesday.