Police: Suspected shooter sought revenge in gang murder, opened fire on innocent driver, paralyzing him


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Doctors say a man could be permanently paralyzed after he was shot in what police call a case of mistaken identity.

Keivion Mabry

Keivion Mabry was charged with attempted first-degree murder after a shooting Wednesday near Kansas and Silverage in South Memphis.

According to court records, Mabry was searching for someone driving a red Infiniti in retaliation for the shooting death of a fellow gang member. When he spotted that kind of car, he opened fire.

Kerry Tolbert, the victim inside that vehicle, was shot three times and paralyzed. Investigators said he is not involved in gang activity and had no connection to the shooting that Mabry wanted revenge for.

Both vehicles crashed. Mabry and the victim were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Tolbert, 30, spoke from a hospital bed and said he was doing OK, but was in a lot of pain.

The scene after a shooting and wreck in South Memphis.

Last summer, Mabry was caught on camera at the Southland Mall asssaulting and carjacking a man who was cleaning the parking lot. He was charged with attempted murder in that case and was out of jail on $150,000 bond at the time of this week’s shooting.

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