This story has been updated with information that was released by the Memphis Police Department on Feb. 28.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One person has been charged after a shooting killed two men and injured two others in South Memphis.
WREG has confirmed police have charged 17-year-old Christian Blocker with second-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, and two counts of employing a firearm during a dangerous felony.
Police said shortly after 9:40 a.m., officers found the four victims suffering from gunshot wounds at West Essex and Arkansas Street.
Two of the victims, 22-year-old Cory Blocker and a 20-year-old, died at the scene.
Police said two 17-year-old boys were taken to Regional One Hospital in critical and non-critical conditions. A fifth victim, 19, arrived at the hospital by private vehicle in critical condition.
Family members said Cory Blocker was the father of a little girl and was expecting another child. A family member described Christian Blocker as a “blood brother” to Cory Blocker.
Monday, Sharon Martin, great-grandmother to Cory Blocker’s daughter, said she believed the shootout happened while the Blockers were trying to recover a stolen Infiniti.
“All we know is that they spotted the car and I guess they were trying to get their car back and it turned into a gunfight,” Martin said.
The violence left many wondering how to address crime in Memphis.
Bernard Luckett was at work when shots rang out but he strongly believes there are solutions to rising crime
“I don’t like everybody with all the guns. I wish they would put the guns down and just “talk it out” or stop stealing,” Luckett said. “If the parent will let the kids get mentored especially in school. You know, if we had more parent involvement and that help the kids, you know, teach them to respect others, respect people’s property, the city would be okay.”
Juvenile Court would not release information on any prior delinquent offenses Christian Blocker has. We’re told the 17-year-old appeared in Juvenile Court today and his case was continued until next Tuesday.