MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Early Thursday morning, Memphis Police rushed to the Willow Oaks Apartments on Ketchum Road for a shooting.
Police said the victim was shot during a carjacking and neighbors heard shots before 5 a.m. The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
“Nothing surprises me over there because they don’t have no type of maintenance, no control, no security, no nothing,” said Angelique who lives near the apartment.
She said that is one of several reasons she’ll never step foot inside.
“There’s a lot of families over there. Some hardworking, some not,” she said.
One resident WREG spoke to named Shuntae Daniels said she hears gunshots all the time but that’s not her only concern.
“We don’t have anyone we can go to when we have problems with our apartments,” she said.
WREG first told you about the Willow Oaks Apartments last year after residents contacted us with concerns the person who they had been paying rent to was not their landlord. Since then, tenants have been in limbo trying to determine who’s the actual property owner.
At one point, the Shelby County government owned the property but said they divested it earlier this year to Patch of Land Lending – a real estate investment company located in California.
However, tenants said nothing has happened and they have no sense of security.
“I don’t want to raise my baby in this kind of environment. I really want to get away from here,” said Daniels.
People living in the area said the complex has a reputation for criminal activity and it’s gotten worse since the fall of its property management. They said they hope something will change soon for those left behind.
“They need something out here to secure the children because majority of the children they stay over there and they get off the bus. This is really a target area for bad crime,” said Angelique.
WREG sent an email to the company for their plans regarding the future of the apartment complex. We’re still waiting a response.