Memphis man accused of shooting girlfriend 13 times in front of children

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police arrested a man accused of shooting his girlfriend 13 times.

According to authorities, Freddie Whitaker called his girlfriend on January 14, saying he was breaking up with her and that he would be coming over to her Brower Street home to collect his things. She told him he wasn’t allowed to come over, but he refused to listen and showed up several minutes later.

The pair were inside the home arguing when Whitaker allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her 13 times in front of two children ages 10 and six. She was struck in the legs, abdomen and lower chest.

She and the children managed to run to a relative’s home down the street where someone called 911. The mother was taken to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

“If you actually walk down the sidewalk, you can actually see drips of blood leading down to grandmama’s house,” neighbor Dionysius Tabors said. “She’s strong. That just makes me weak hearing that.”

Tabors said he has known the victim and her family his entire life. He described the woman as a mother who would do anything for the wellbeing of her children.

“That’s one thing I can say about her. She got her kids,” he said. “She always takes care of her kids. She’s a good mama.”

Whitaker fled the scene but was later spotted by police in the area of Highland and Midland driving 63 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. Officers went to pull him over and that’s when the suspect reportedly jumped out and tried to run.

He was taken into custody by Memphis police and charged with attempted second-degree murder, domestic assault/ bodily harm, speeding and possession of a firearm.

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