Police search for 8 suspects after innocent bystander shot in North Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The sign on Lynda Gaines' door that reads "Prayer is the best way to meet the Lord, but trespassing is faster" tells you all you need to know about life on Annie Place in North Memphis.

"It`s real crazy," said Chris Gaines. "There`s so much stuff happening around here."

Friday afternoon, bullets were whizzing through the streets and flying into 49-year-old Bridgette Thomas' front door, striking her and sending her to the hospital.

"I saw some guy running through the field and he had a big old silver pistol," said Lynda.

Gaines said the man was running from one street over on Montgomery where police believe most of the shooting took place.

That man was just one of eight police think are behind all the violence.

"They got these gangbangers that live right over on Montgomery, up and down here," said Mildred Benton. "They`re always causing trouble."

Benton said crime is such a constant in the neighborhood that it's a little hard to decipher the crime map.

Since March 1, police logged 43 aggravated assaults, 31 burglaries and 17 robberies within a mile of Friday's shooting.

"It's North Memphis. Sometimes police don't even get called."

Benton said Thomas was one of the people determined to turn things around for her neighbors.

"She`s always a good, kind person. She watches out for people, looks out for the neighborhood."

Benton said Thomas will likely continue looking our for everyone once she gets out of the hospital. While they wait for that to happen, all her neighbors can do is pray.

Authorities said the suspects split up into groups as they fled the scene.

Several were seen in a small silver SUV while the others jumped into a white four-door car.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.