Raleigh Egypt High student killed, more injured while helping motorist

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police are on the hunt for two men who opened fire on a group of teenagers helping a woman fix her car on the side of the road in Raleigh.

Police said three teens pulled over to help a woman and her baby on the side of the road.

Their car broke down at Kerwood and Winwood Thursday night.

Minutes later, another car pulled up.

Police said two men wearing Halloween masks and toting shotguns opened fire.

One teen apparently watched a bullet fly inches from her face.

Investigators said a 17-year-old was dead when they got to the scene.

The 18- and 15-year-olds were injured too and taken to the hospital.

Even the woman and her baby got hurt in the gunfire, with the baby being injured in the face.

Sources told WREG this is gang related, and they are following many tips and sifting though social media.

As of Friday night, no one has been caught.

"You can tell the mood is kind of down in the school," said Shelby County School Board member Stephanie Love.

Love spent the morning at Raleigh Egypt High making sure grief counselors were on hand.

That's because two of the teens are students there including the teen who died, Antwan Bell, who friends called Lil Sosa.

"Just to speak to the students, and just to you know give them encouraging words," said Love.

WREG watched investigators go into the school Friday hoping to solve this tragic story the community can't seem to grasp.

"This is unacceptable that any young people are losing their lives because of violence," said new Mayor Jim Strickland.

Mayor Strickland was outraged especially because another teen, LeTara Jones, was killed when someone accidentally shot their gun through an apartment striking her and a baby on Monday.

"Intervene in the lives of young people, so that they pick the right not the wrong path," said Strickland.

He said his goal is to expand youth programs, so tens of thousands of children will have something positive to do after school and keep them off the streets.

"Last night, my team was there. It was very hectic," said Delvin Lane with 901 Bloc Squad, a group working to curb violence among teens and young men.

He said he's keeping an eye on Thursday's shooting and making sure no one retaliates.

"Not only are we heartbroken about the family, we even care about the shooters," said Lane.

That's because too many families on both sides are affected from these tragedies.

"We definitely have a situation in Memphis that's gone on way too long that involves too much violence and too many young people," said Strickland.

Strickland said the city is also short hundreds of police officers.

He was confident when the city hires more, there will be more patrols and the department can reinstate Blue Crush.

He was hopeful it will curb some of the violence.

If you have any information on Thursday's shooting, call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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