One man shot in laundromat on Millbranch

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A shooting at a coin laundry on Millbranch left a man in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Police reported the shooting at Phil’s Coin-Op Laundry at 5174 Millbranch around 3:15. One man was taken to the hospital.

Employees and customers at a barbershop next door said they heard the commotion around 2:30. One of them said he walked outside and saw a man on the ground, bleeding from his leg. 

That witness called 911, and says he overheard the victim telling police he’d been robbed and then shot. 

From there the victim was taken to the hospital. Police haven’t released any suspect information. 

Ronnie Foster owns the aforementioned barbershop. He says things like this happen near his business all the time. “I’m tired. I’m sick of it. I’ve been here 23 years and I love this community. I love the people in this community,” he says. That’s why he continually tries to combat crime and make things better. It’s something WREG talked with him about roughly two years ago after another shooting in the same area. Back then, Foster was focused on troubled youth. “Some of these guys come in I talk to them all the time and I say look, y’all can do something better with your lives than going around breaking into these places. I try to offer them jobs sweeping up, cleaning up, going to barber school. I try to help them get into barber school,” Foster told us in September of 2017. He’s also tried to get Skycop cameras installed in the area but claims police always tell him that private citizens like him would have to pay for it. “There’s a lot of red tape they say you have to go through and we don’t need that. If you know the crime is in this area, put the cameras here!” Foster says. And as much as he wants them, Foster knows cameras alone aren’t the answer. “This is a good community, but the people need to come together and see that they can make this community better than what it is,” he says.

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