MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police say a shooting victim is dead after crashing into a South Memphis house early Saturday.
Officer responded at 1:30 a.m. to a shooting on Arkansas Street near South Parkway.
They found the victim, who had crashed a vehicle into a house, with gunshot wounds. He was taken to Regional One where he was pronounced dead.
Witness Terry Griffin said he heard over a dozen rounds of gunfire, and his sister said she heard a car swerve. The shooting happened in front of his house.
“The bullets could have easily have hit the house. We are all lucky that we didn’t get no bullet holes ourselves,” Griffin said.
Bertha Shipp had just finished renovating the house on Arkansas Street and said it was soon going to open as a childcare home. But those plans have come to a crashing halt.
“I had just finished, DHS had just came out Friday and approved everything, and then this happens,” Shipp said.
Crews worked Saturday to patch up the hole.
Shipp said now she hopes that somehow, she can rebuild so she children will have a place to go when their parents are unavailable.
“I feel bad for the person that lost their life because it was unnecessary,” she said. “The devil, he is busy. He is taking our Black men.”
The victim has not been identified.
Police are still looking for the suspects. Call 901-528-CASH with tips.