MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We’re not even two weeks into the new year, and already, it’s off to a violent start.
Police are investigating whether two overnight shootings at apartment complexes across the street from one another are connected.
It began just after midnight Thursday at Bella Vista Apartments on Knight Arnold Road when a security guard was shot.
According to a police report, two security guards were checking the complex’s parking lot when they noticed a man sitting in a Dodge. He was reportedly smoking marijuana.
As the guards were trying to get the man out of the car, when the driver –later identified as Andrew Davis — put the car in reverse, backed up and then pulled away from the scene. A gunshot was fired, resulting in the second guard pulling his gun and firing.
The driver crashed the car into other parked vehicles before jumping out of the car and taking off on foot.
That security guard was rushed to the hospital, but is expected to be okay.
Not long after, police found another victim at the Emerald Pointe Apartments, right across the street on Hickory Hill Road.
That man had been shot and was rushed to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Authorities said the male fit the description of the man in the Dodge from the previous incident, but have not confirmed it was indeed him.
People who live there told WREG enough is enough.
“Like every other day there’s a shooting around here in this area,” said Darron Springfield.
“We’re tired of it – everybody’s tired of it,” said Micko Woods. “There’s murders every day, kids in the way, you know, bullets have no name on them.”
Woods told WREG was on his way to work when he heard three rounds of gunshots.
“We heard so many shots,” he said. “So when we heard the shots, it was like, I tell my family, ‘When you hear shots, you just get down. You never know where bullets come.'”
“No more than like two or three minutes later, there was another set of shots,” Springfield added. “Like more than five, six, seven, eight shots.”
There are surveillance cameras spread all across the complex, which residents hope caught something.
“We’ve got to get some help in this city, man – we need it,” Woods said. “We’ve got to flag police down, flag the mayor down if we have to.”
“I think it’s really sad and unfortunate for everybody else out here really trying to go to work every day, work hard, and make it and take care of their family,” Springfield said.
Desperate calls for unity in a city divided.
At last check, the other man was in critical condition at the hospital.