Ambulance crew, driver duck for cover as bullets fly in East Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An innocent driver and an ambulance crew found themselves ducking for cover Thursday evening as bullets flew in East Memphis.

According to reports, both vehicles were stopped at a red light in the area of Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove when individuals in two separate cars began shooting at each other.

The ambulance was not hit by bullets, but was side-swiped by one of the cars involved in the shooting.

Driver Marcus Lawrence’s vehicle was struck by bullets. All he could do was take cover.

“I was just getting off work and sitting up here at the red light waiting for the light to change and the next thing I know, we heard about anywhere from 30 to 40 bullet shots. I just ducked down in my seat as far as I possibly could. I knew my car had got shot because it shook. Then after that I heard a lot of burning rubber from cars as they took off,” he told WREG.

“I waited in my car probably about 10 or 15 seconds before I raised up,” Lawrence said. “I just sat up in my car for a little because I was a little, you know, I was a little shaken.”

The paramedics in the ambulance ran over to see if he was okay. Luckily he was and no one else was injured.

He said he was relieved when he found out there was no one in the back of the ambulance, but knows the shooters put so many lives in danger.

“It’s just the world we are living in these days right now, the unexpected.Just always expect the unexpected.”

If you know anything about the suspects involved, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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