Violent week in Memphis involves many teenagers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A violent week in Memphis involved guns all across the city.

Five of the victims are teenagers who are now recovering from gunshot wounds.

People in the neighborhoods close to some of the shootings say they don’t believe the violence will get better anytime soon.

The numbers we got from Memphis police show a disturbing trend for the year – the number of juveniles involved in crimes is almost more than the entire year of 2013.

“I hear every day somebody has been shot,” said Debra Boland who lives in Memphis.

Boland says she’s afraid to leave her home because of the violence happening all over her city.

A reason she may feel that way: this year, Memphis police have investigated more than 3,000 juveniles in relation to guns and other crimes.

They also say more than 2,000 juveniles were victims of crimes.

For the entire year of 2013, MPD investigated more than 3,000 juveniles involving guns and other crimes, and more than 10,000 kids were victims of gun crimes.

“Access to too many guns worries me. That’s scary that there’s always a shooting going on everyday somewhere in the city,” Boland said.

Many are demanding answers. Tuesday, a 12-year-old was shot in the head near Egypt Central and minutes late,r a 16-year-old nearby was shot in the leg.

“We could encourage that, get more people out. Maybe mentor some of these younger kids before they get to the point where they get involved in all the crimes. I think that`s one solution,” said Jones.

5 comments

  • Terrie

    Mentoring these thugs has been going on forever. How is it working out for them? Read the papers. It’s not! Unless it’s getting something for free these kids are not going to try to make something of their life. Why should they? Their entire family has made it good for years. They eat good, sleep good, buy good hair weaves and tire rims. All the important things. They see something they like they take it and run home to show mama to make her proud. These kids need a rude awakening to realize that they are going down the wrong path. Mentoring is not the answer. Punishment is.

  • Don

    Boland says she’s afraid to leave her home because of the violence happening all over her city.

    A reason she may feel that way: this year, Memphis police have investigated more than 3,000 juveniles in relation to guns and other crimes.

    They also say more than 2,000 juveniles were victims of crimes.

    For the entire year of 2013, MPD investigated more than 3,000 juveniles involving guns and other crimes, and more than 10,000 kids were victims of gun crimes.
    THIS IS THE REASON THAT PEOPLE ARE LEAVING THE THIRD WORLD CITY NAMED MEMPHIS AND IT’S LEADERSHIP. THIS IS NO PLACE TO TRY TO RAISE A FAMILY,
    REMEMBER THE ALAMO AND DETRIOT, AND MEMPHIS.

  • Joe

    Well when you have mothers letting their kids do what they want ,they raise them up with the attitude no one is important but their own family, that is why they have no compassion for anyone else and a lot of the thugs are mentally slow and fascinated with guns. add using drugs and you have a real problem. The law should go after the mothers and girlfriends that host and allow and support thug activites in their home. they should also change the law when someone gets shot and lives it’s aggravated assault it should be change to attempted homicide anytime someone gets shot. the laws are too weak. loitering laws should be strictly enforced with high fines and good jail time. there should be heavy penaltys for gang activity. they should build new super prisons out west and let them move rock piles and when they get through put the rocks back that would work off that excess testosterone.

  • Boog E Mann

    Welcome to Memfrica. Home of the longest bridge in the world. It goes all the way from Arkansas to Africa. Interstate 240 is called ring around the Congo. They actually eat each other here.

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