Shots fired in neighborhood as police search for reported prowlers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A South Memphis neighborhood is sprayed with bullets in front of police officers while they're investigating a crime.

Jamarian Johnson was charged with attempted burglary and reckless endangerment after officers said he admitted to trying to burglarize a home and shooting in the area of police officers.

According to police, he was with two other men the night of the crime who are still wanted.

"We had just made it in the house and all of a sudden we hear pow pow pow pow!"

Rapid gunfire was what Stephanie Evans and her family were welcomed home to Saturday night.

"We hit the floor yes, ma'am," said Evans.

Then Evans watched as Leland and Waldorf Streets in South Memphis turned into a crime scene.

"And we saw the police start running up this street," explained Evans.

Memphis Police said the chaos unfolded as they were investigating a prowler call on Leland, right across the street from Evans' home.

While they were inside talking to the homeowner, they heard multiple gunshots.

When they came outside, two more rounds were fired in their direction.

That's when they saw several men running away.

Officers yelled at the suspects to stop and arrested Jamarian Johnson.

Police also found a gun he admitted was his nearby.

According to an affidavit, he told police he and two other men were trying to burglarize the house police were inside when all the shooting started.

"This is a quiet street! We don't have nothing like that happen over here," explained Evans.

Police shut down the subdivision for hours while they searched for clues.

"We had to wait, we had to sit on the streets for awhile before we could go home," explained another homeowner.

Evans said she's now warning her daughter who works late hours to be extra careful when she comes home.

"I just told her to be aware of her surroundings. Look around when you get out the car. Ain't nobody following you, ain't no suspicious persons sitting when they usually don't be over here."

Johnson's bond was set at $15,000.