MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police were active in one Memphis neighborhood overnight following two shots fired calls and a car crash all within a three block radius.
It all began with a shots fired call from the 3000 block of Pershing just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. First responders said no one was transported to the hospital at that time.
However, emergency services were back around 2 a.m. Wednesday and transported a juvenile from the 700 block of Kippley Street. That victim had reportedly shot himself in the leg. He's expected to be okay.
While on the scene, a WREG crew learned authorities had discovered a gun just south of that location in the 3000 block of Pacific.
There was also a car wrecked at the corner of Pershing and Pope Street.
It's unclear whether or not all of these scenes are connected.
Gerald Scott is the block captain of the Pope Street neighborhood watch. He says there are shooting here all of the time. "We had six or seven last year."
Along with gun violence, neighbors say they've been battling prostitution and drug activity. But two years ago, they decided to do something to take back their neighborhood. "We've been working very diligently, trying to clean up the neighborhood," Scott said.
After a known drug house burned to the ground, they turned the lot into a community garden and walking trail. The idea was to create a gathering place where neighbors could get to know one another.
Neighbors say police have done a good job of responding to criminal activity in the area. They also say those committing the crimes need to know they're not welcome here.
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.