MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A teenager was gunned down outside an Oakhaven apartment and now the family left behind is searching for answers.
It’s a night one woman WREG’s Melissa Moon spoke to will never forget.
On Monday, she saw a young man sitting on the back of a Buick at the Twin Oaks Townhomes, waived to him and went inside her apartment.
Seconds later, bullets claimed his life.
“I had just closed the door. I looked him dead in the face,” she said.
The mother of two moved to Memphis about six months ago. She doesn’t know what the shooting was about, but said she’s moving out and leaving town.
“I’m still inside. I didn’t take my baby to school. I’m scared. I’m scared.”
“I love my nephew that’s why I’m here.”
One man who didn’t want to be identified said his 17-year-old nephew was the person killed Monday night. He said the young man, who was just days away from turning 18 and working to get his GED, was dead by the time police arrived on the scene.
Like other residents around the city, he said the violence in Memphis has taken too many young lives.
“They treat them like toys —stupid people with guns. It isn’t the guns.”