Dice game led to shooting at Raleigh Community Center, police say

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Five people were shot at the Raleigh Community Center overnight after a dice game turned violent.

The incident happened around 10 p.m. Thursday. Police say all five victims showed up at Methodist North Hospital with gunshot wounds.

One of the victims says he was just playing basketball with a group of people when someone started shooting.

“I heard a shot, so I took off running,” said Devonte Isom, 19.

He describes those terrifying moments he went from shooting hoops to running for his life.

“Get low and run,” he said. “Get away from the gunshot is all we, you know – you hear gunshots, get out the way.”

He says he and his uncle were on the court and some of his friends were sitting on a bench nearby when things took a turn.

It happened in an instant, and before he knew it, bullets were hitting his uncle and three friends. But Isom didn’t realize at first, he had also been shot.

“My uncle told me he was shot, I just tried driving him to – get him to the hospital – and I look at my arm, I’m hit,” he said.

He went back to the basketball court Friday morning to look for his uncle’s phone.

“He dropped it when the bullet hit his hand,” Isom said.

Police say those bullets came from some people playing dice nearby after some sort of argument.

“I wasn’t aware of no dice game at all, at all,” Isom said. “I was too busy on basketball.”

This isn’t the first time violence has ruined a night of fun at the community center. Two years ago, a 21-year-old man was shot and killed while playing basketball.

Isom tells WREG his uncle had surgery on his hand and his friends are expected to survive.

As for the gunman – shooting at a community center where kids play – Isom only has this message: “They answer to one person,” he said.

Police say two of the victims are in critical condition. Investigators know who the suspect is, but they haven’t released that information.

If you know anything that could help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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