Reported interstate shooting closes portion of I-240 for hours

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A driver reported shots fired at her vehicle on Interstate 240 near Poplar Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, forcing police to shut down a portion of the interstate.

Around 2 p.m., a driver reported shots being fired at her vehicle. It’s undetermined exactly where the shots were fired at the car or if the victim knows the suspect.

Memphis Police do not have suspect information at this time.

Westbound lanes of I-240 were closed for about two hours in the area from Walnut Grove to Sam Cooper. The lanes of Sam Cooper that split onto I-240 were also closed at the split.

Police met the victim in the 5300 block of Hickory Hill Road.

Drivers who were impacted by the traffic Wednesday are tired of these types of incidents on the roads.

“It’s senseless,” one woman said. “It’s not called for. I take the highway every day to pick my husband up from work. I mean it could have been me, anybody.”

This is the 37th highway shooting in Memphis this year. Local law enforcement recently pulled back their presence on Memphis highways following a rash of highway shootings earlier in the year.

Drivers hope police can put whoever is responsible for Wednesday afternoon’s shooting in jail.


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