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3 teens in custody after running from police in stolen car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three juveniles are in custody after a police chase that stretched across the city ended in Orange Mound, Memphis police said.

The chase began at Cherry and Willow around 3:15 p.m. and wound its way through Parkway Village before ending on Baltimore Street near Barron Avenue around 3:45 p.m.

"I'm sitting outside, sitting in the yard and I'm looking at the police chasing these folk. I didn't know that was my grandson," said Debra Davis, who said her grandson was inside the car.

Police said the silver Dodge Charger the suspects were driving was stolen. Damage to the rear window was visible as it was being towed from the scene leading some relatives of one of the suspects to think the window may have been shot out.

"Why did they shoot this window out? Did they point a gun? Did they have a weapon?" said Mario Denton, uncle to one of the suspects.

There's no indication police broke the glass. A spokesperson said there were no reports of shots fired, but WREG was told at least one gun was found in the vehicle.

As recently as Saturday, one of the teen suspects had posted a picture on Facebook of him and his friends with guns. WREG is told he streamed the chase live on that same Facebook page.

"All of them went live, I mean, they young kids, they young boys. I mean, I don't know what they was doing out here in these streets. I can't tell y'all what they was doing. You know what I'm saying?" said Denton.

Davis said she doesn't believe her grandson was involved in stealing the car. She said it's more likely he just went along for the ride, but she's still unhappy with the decisions he's making.

"Grandmama told you: You wasn't raised like this. You already know the difference between right and wrong," she said.

Denton is hoping his nephew's actions will lead to change in the city.

"The City of Memphis need to give these kids something to do. Maybe these young boys and girls won't go out doing the things that they doing," Denton said.

In addition to the stolen car, police said the suspects were also wanted on other charges, but didn't specify what those charges were.