Two victims in North Memphis shooting charged in carjacking

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police now say two of three people shot near the intersections of Chelsea and Peres Avenues in North Memphis were traveling in a car taken during a carjacking on May 27.

Police responded to the call of three people shot around 2:20 p.m.

The victims were taken to Regional One Hospital in critical condition. Two of the victims are now listed as non-critical.

Family members identified one of the shooting victims as Davise Banks, 22. Police have now identified the two other shooting victims as Monterry Becton and Tamara Johnson.

Police now say Banks was driving an Infiniti sedan taken during a carjacking on May 27 on Jackson Avenue. They charged Becton with theft related to the incident.

Family said the victims were shot moments before they began filming during a music video shoot at nearby Gooch Park.

The suspect fled the scene in a grey or silver car, according to police.

"He loves music. He likes making music," Banks' sister, Davitrice Settles said. She says Banks is one-half of the rap group "Plug Status."

His partner says music is their way to stay away from violence, though a video posted by the group on Instagram shows them toting rifles.

"This is how we grew up. This is what we do. This is how it goes to get out of the streets. So we rap," he said.

Witness Monica Smith says she was leaving services at Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church when shots rang out. She says her daughter ran over to help after she noticed one of the victims was holding a baby boy.

"She got the little baby out of the mom's arms. He's 8 to 9 months old, had blood all over him. So she came and cleaned him off to take him back to his mother. It's a terrible thing," Smith said.

Soon after the victims arrived at the hospital, officers said a fight broke out between a large crowd that gathered at the main entrance. Officers say Erica Seymour struggled with an officer as he attempted to break up the fight, and a man identified as Tommie Franklin was arrested after he tried to approach the squad car that Seymour was in.

Both have been charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer and resisting official detention.


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