MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman went to a Frayser McDonald’s early Friday, looking for help after she’d been shot.
Police say they found the victim when they responded to the restaurant at 3149 Thomas St. at 3:50 a.m.
She told police she was shot and pistol-whipped inside an abandoned house by an unknown man. She was not able to tell police the location of the abandoned house.
The woman was taken to Regional One in non-critical condition.
A McDonald’s spokesman says the shooting happened off-site and that the victim came to the parking lot looking for help.
A man at the scene said the woman had walked up to him at Frayser Boulevard and Whitney. She appeared to be in shock and asked him to call 911. He couldn’t tell what was wrong because it was so dark.
“I said, ‘What’s wrong Wendy?’ She said, “I’ve been shot,'” he said.
She asked him to go to McDonald’s to be in the light, and that’s when he saw the gunshot wound in her side abdomen.
He waited with her until police arrived. The man said both he and the woman were homeless, but he couldn’t turn his back on someone who needed help.
She couldn’t tell him what happened. The man said he heard gunshots but couldn’t tell where they were coming from.
“I never would’ve thought something like that would happen to somebody like her,” he said.
Residents who live in the community say there’s a homeless shelter nearby and it’s common for them to see many people in abandoned homes in the area.
No arrest has been made and police are investigating.