Four teens shot in Foote Homes

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police are looking for the people who shot four teens at the Foote Homes Public Housing Complex off Danny Thomas Boulevard late Monday night.

One teen was shot several times in the leg and foot, and another in the face.

Police say the victims were allĀ sitting in a vehicle when several people opened fire.

A woman at Foote Homes told us her daughter was drivingĀ the vehicle and wasn't hit.

"She is very fortunate to be alive. She said they were aiming at their heads, but her cousin pushed her on out and told her to run," said the woman.

The cousin and three other teens in the car were shot.

Residents say there were at least two shooters and one had an assault weapon.

They pointed out bullet holes all over the complex.

"They weren't playing," said the woman.

We are told this all began with a fight on the other side of Foote Homes.

Three of those shot are 17 years old, the fourth is 19 years old. All of the shooting victims were treated and released from the hospital.

Police say the suspects were driving a white SUV.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 528-Cash.


  • Anthony Prather

    Something needs to be done about the crime among our teens. There have been to many shootings caused by teenagers. Looks like a curfew is needed in Foote Homes at night. It was not a good idea to keep that housing project opened. The city need to have it torn down as soon as possible.When people change the environment in which they live their attitudes also change.

    • donaknowsitall

      I just read the article about Pre-K getting funded, and the comments posted. I will add onto those comments in this article because, to me,it seems fitting.
      – If the people commiting these crimes would have gone to Pre-K, would the crimes rate be
      – If the “village: would assist the parents in raising the people that commit these crimes, would
      the crimes no longer be committed?

      We, as the people that live in Memphis and the surrounding areas, need to be responsible and accountabel for OURSELVES. We as individuals make the decisions, be they right or wrong, on our behavior. Only us as individuals are accountabel for ourselves.

  • Smh

    They don’t need to tear down no more projects they need to rebuild Walter Simmons and knight way and all of these other apartments that they condemed and pushed these hoodlums into our territory’s . Section 8 vouchers plunge hickory hill there are so many Killings in 6111 apartments its ridiculous . The city needs to stop paying this nothing mayor and furnishing him all of this luxury accessories stuff and out money into the community . Hire people that needs jobs , get these guns off the street . I mean people need to wake up and smell the coffee…. Memphis is crime infested , and yes the cops are crooked also …. U won’t ever get results with these things in common.

  • Bytemeagain

    I’m a black male that grew up poor in rural Mississippi. My siblings and I didn’t know we were poor until other people pointed it out to us. Our parents were hardworking, struggling, dedicated people who worked multiple jobs to make sure we had most of what we needed and some of what we wanted. They stressed the importance of a good education, and we listened. All of my siblings and I are successful at our chosen professions. It was hard work, but it paid off tremendously.
    It’s hard for me to have a lot of sympathy for a lot of these young black men, women and adults commiting the majority of the crime in this city, because they seem to have had a bigger advantage than we did at their age. They threw away their free education with both hands! Now, they think and expect that the world owes them! They don’t want to take responsibility and own their situation and take steps to better themselves! They constantly blame someone else for being uneducated and unemployed!
    I’ve seen way too many young, uneducated, black men and women who can afford braids for the men, wigs and weave for the women, gold teeth, gold jewelry, glamour nails and eyelashes, the latest smartphones, $10,000 rims on a p.o.s. car, loud, awful, gansta rap music, and have themselves COVERED in tattoos!
    Gee, and no one wants to hire them? I’m shocked.

    • Q

      You can have some more sympathy for them because as you stated you had both parents that stressed the importance of a good education. Some of the others don’t have have two parents stressing education. They may have just one parent just stressing out. Eventhough you ygrew up poor that is not the only factor that shapes a child. Too them your situation may be a blessing because you came from a two parent household with good parents.

    • John T. Dwyer

      In essence what you are saying was said well over 100 years ago and recently published by Black Men in

      12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself by Nannie Helen Burroughs
      (Circa Early 1900’s)
      1. The Negro Must Learn To Put First Things First. The First Things Are: Education; Development of Character Traits; A Trade and Home Ownership.

      The Negro puts too much of his earning in clothes, in food, in show and in having what he calls “a good time.” Kelly Miller said, “The Negro buys what he WANTS and begs for what he Needs.” Too true!

      2. The Negro Must Stop Expecting God and White Folk To Do For Him What He Can Do For Himself.

      It is the “Divine Plan” that the strong shall help the weak, but even God does not do for man what man can do for himself. The Negro will have to do exactly what Jesus told the man (in John 5:8) to do–Carry his own load–“Take up your bed and walk.”

      3. The Negro Must Keep Himself, His Children And His Home Clean And Make The Surroundings In Which He Lives Comfortable and Attractive.

      He must learn to “run his community up”–not down. We can segregate by law, we integrate only by living. Civilization is not a matter of race, it is a matter of standards. Believe it or not–some day, some race is going to outdo the Anglo-Saxon, completely. It can be the Negro race, if the Negro gets sense enough. Civilization goes up and down that way.

      4. The Negro Must Learn To Dress More Appropriately For Work And For Leisure.

      Knowing what to wear–how to wear it–when to wear it and where to wear it, are earmarks of common sense, culture and also an index to character.

      5. The Negro Must Make His Religion An Everyday Practice And Not Just A Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Emotional Affair.

      6. The Negro Must Highly Resolve To Wipe Out Mass Ignorance.

      The leaders of the race must teach and inspire the masses to become eager and determined to improve mentally, morally and spiritually, and to meet the basic requirements of good citizenship.

      We should initiate an intensive literacy campaign in America, as well as in Africa. Ignorance–satisfied ignorance–is a millstone about the neck of the race. It is democracy’s greatest burden.

      Social integration is a relationship attained as a result of the cultivation of kindred social ideals, interests and standards.

      It is a blending process that requires time, understanding and kindred purposes to achieve. Likes alone and not laws can do it.

      7. The Negro Must Stop Charging His Failures Up To His “Color” And To White People’s Attitude.

      The truth of the matter is that good service and conduct will make senseless race prejudice fade like mist before the rising sun.

      God never intended that a man’s color shall be anything other than a badge of distinction. It is high time that all races were learning that fact. The Negro must first QUALIFY for whatever position he wants. Purpose, initiative, ingenuity and industry are the keys that all men use to get what they want. The Negro will have to do the same. He must make himself a workman who is too skilled not to be wanted, and too DEPENDABLE not to be on the job, according to promise or plan. He will never become a vital factor in industry until he learns to put into his work the vitalizing force of initiative, skill and dependability. He has gone “RIGHTS” mad and “DUTY” dumb.

      8. The Negro Must Overcome His Bad Job Habits.

      He must make a brand new reputation for himself in the world of labor. His bad job habits are absenteeism, funerals to attend, or a little business to look after. The Negro runs an off and on business. He also has a bad reputation for conduct on the job–such as petty quarrelling with other help, incessant loud talking about nothing; loafing, carelessness, due to lack of job pride; insolence, gum chewing and–too often–liquor drinking. Just plain bad job habits!

      9. He Must Improve His Conduct In Public Places.

      Taken as a whole, he is entirely too loud and too ill-mannered.

      There is much talk about wiping out racial segregation and also much talk about achieving integration.

      Segregation is a physical arrangement by which people are separated in various services.

      It is definitely up to the Negro to wipe out the apparent justification or excuse for segregation.

      The only effective way to do it is to clean up and keep clean. By practice, cleanliness will become a habit and habit becomes character.

      10. The Negro Must Learn How To Operate Business For People–Not For Negro People, Only.

      To do business, he will have to remove all typical “earmarks,” business principles; measure up to accepted standards and meet stimulating competition, graciously–in fact, he must learn to welcome competition.

      11. The Average So-Called Educated Negro Will Have To Come Down Out Of The Air. He Is Too Inflated Over Nothing. He Needs An Experience Similar To The One That Ezekiel Had–(Ezekiel 3:14-19). And He Must Do What Ezekiel Did

      Otherwise, through indifference, as to the plight of the masses, the Negro, who thinks that he has escaped, will lose his own soul. It will do all leaders good to read Hebrew 13:3, and the first Thirty-seven Chapters of Ezekiel.

      A race transformation itself through its own leaders and its sensible “common people.” A race rises on its own wings, or is held down by its own weight. True leaders are never “things apart from the people.” They are the masses. They simply got to the front ahead of them. Their only business at the front is to inspire to masses by hard work and noble example and challenge them to “Come on!” Dante stated a fact when he said, “Show the people the light and they will find the way!”

      There must arise within the Negro race a leadership that is not out hunting bargains for itself. A noble example is found in the men and women of the Negro race, who, in the early days, laid down their lives for the people. Their invaluable contributions have not been appraised by the “latter-day leaders.” In many cases, their names would never be recorded, among the unsung heroes of the world, but for the fact that white friends have written them there.

      “Lord, God of Hosts, Be with us yet.”

      The Negro of today does not realize that, but, for these exhibits A’s, that certainly show the innate possibilities of members of their own race, white people would not have been moved to make such princely investments in lives and money, as they have made, for the establishment of schools and for the on-going of the race.

      12. The Negro Must Stop Forgetting His Friends. “Remember.”

      Read Deuteronomy 24:18. Deuteronomy rings the big bell of gratitude. Why? Because an ingrate is an abomination in the sight of God. God is constantly telling us that “I the Lord thy God delivered you”–through human instrumentalities.

      The American Negro has had and still has friends–in the North and in the South. These friends not only pray, speak, write, influence others, but make unbelievable, unpublished sacrifices and contributions for the advancement of the race–for their brothers in bonds.

      The noblest thing that the Negro can do is to so live and labor that these benefactors will not have given in vain. The Negro must make his heart warm with gratitude, his lips sweet with thanks and his heart and mind resolute with purpose to justify the sacrifices and stand on his feet and go forward–“God is no respector of persons. In every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is” sure to win out. Get to work! That’s the answer to everything that hurts us. We talk too much about nothing instead of redeeming the time by working.


      In spite of race prejudice, America is brim full of opportunities. Go after them!

  • bambam84

    Really? Because last night and this morning it was “Five People.” Make up your minds. For once.

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