Man found shot inside of car in North Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police are looking for the suspect(s) who shot a father as he sat in his car in North Memphis on Sunday.

Officers say Pervis Bailey, 23, later died at the hospital, making it the 24th homicide of the year.

Police say Bailey, also known as Mitch Terintino by his friends, was gunned down while parked in his car in the 1400 block of May Street.

Officers responded to the call around midnight and say Bailey was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Bailey lived about a mile away from the crime scene. Investigators won’t yet say why they think he was there or what the possible motive was.

“I mean it was just awful," said a neighbor who only wanted to go by Frances.

The victim’s family and friends told us Bailey was an intelligent guy who was always checking to make sure everyone else was okay.

He leaves behind a young daughter.

His family did admit he’d gotten mixed in with the wrong crowd at times.

“Poverty has a lot to do with it," Frances said of the crime in Memphis. "Give them a job. Give these young men a job. I know they did some things, but a lot of them aren’t doing the same thing.”

Frances said she was barbecuing when the shots rang out.

“It was a real nice Saturday," she said. "I was just trying to enjoy the weather.”

She wants the violence to end, asking the city to provide more officers to patrol their neighborhoods.

It's a sentiment shared by others on the block.

“Living in this hostile environment is just hard," said neighbor Elijah Coleman. "My heart goes out to them. I pray for them as well as everybody else. I hope they can stop the killing, stop the violence.”

Police have not yet released suspect information, but WREG did see more officers at the scene questioning people Sunday evening.

If you have any information that could help lead to an arrest, call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.