Man charged with shooting child outside community center

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Joseph Johnson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is now behind bars, facing charges in connection with the shooting of a 11-year-old outside the Charles Powell Westwood Community Center.

21-year-old Joseph Johnson was arrested early Friday and charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Witnesses say they heard lots of gunfire coming from the park next to the community center around 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Police say an 11-year-old child was hit the head and taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

People in Westwood say they care about their community, but crime with young people has gotten out of hand, especially at the community centers.

They don’t know what to do.

“It’s gotta change. I really don’t know what to say about it,” said one man.

“I’ve been over here 30 years, I’ve seen the decline,” said another.

In 2012, three teenagers were shot while playing basketball outside the same community center.


  • Dr. JohnS

    If the community members would report suspicious activity, crimes,gangs, drug dealers, gun possession to the police rather than just gripe about it you would have better luck cleaning up the situation. But as in all ghettos the motto is ‘mum us the word.”

    • Sntiches get Stitches

      No the word is “Snitches get Stiches” so on and on it goes. This crud is easy to stop. Felon in possession of handgun, 10 years no parole. Gun used in felony, 50 years no parole. Problem solved but it will never happen.

      • no justice

        The thing is the police once again got this criminal off the street. Once again he will be let go for a little of nothing. This guy have been locked up before for violent crimes and now is right back out, after conviction. If this was my home state Mississippi, he would be still locked up. We need a better just system not a system that gives you 11/29 for murder!

    • Just saying, too

      Not true. Nearly all of the neighbors that have been there since the late 60’s tell the police exactly who is committing the crimes. Parents even turn their own grandchildren in to police if they do the wrong things. There are about nine repeat offenders in that area and they are dumb criminals because either surveillance cameras catch them or neighbors point them out every time. How do you think police arrest them so quickly? There is no criminal protection over there. It is the laws that are flawed and permit them to get out of jail in under 6 months to commit more crimes.

  • donthidebehindurscreen

    The reality of that phrase is that no one in the community has enough integrity to stand up for what’s right so they turn on the only honest person “the snitch” and try to hurt them to save themselves…it’s sad this attitude is perpetuated among Memphis citizens but ignorance breeds ignorance and I’m proud to say I didn’t grow up here, just happen to live here for the moment.

  • nikkij

    Sometimes situation are deeper than you see this is a typical case of a young man walking the wrong path of life

    • luvbreamfishin'

      yeah,,that;’s what it is,,poor little thug,,has a criminal rap sheet a mile long. This memphis mongrel is just another typical case of an animal mentality that has no care for human life,,not a wrong path taken.

  • whitesavageAreDemons

    Where does it say the community didnt speak up? You ppl are just a bunch of loudmouth nothings. The guy got pinched. Worry about the white nut Germantown put on ice instead of making excuses for him. Wasn’t he at a park? Hmmm

    • TPA

      HAHA,,gettin’ really hard to defend these MONGRELS HUH black savage. Keep it up I love your half az z e d excuses.

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