Two arrested after Hickory Hill parking lot shooting that killed juvenile

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Charterous Smith

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Mid-South men were arrested after a shooting left a juvenile dead and a child injured in Hickory Hill.

According to the police affidavit it all began late Wednesday evening at the Sonic at 4130 Kirby Parkway. Five people were sitting inside a black Dodge Charger in the parking lot when they were fired upon by the occupants of a white Ford Escape.

Two occupants of the Dodge Charger fired back as the Ford continued northbound on Kirby Parkway, authorities said.

The occupants of the Dodge Charger then drove to the 6000 block of Whispering Valley for help as one person in the backseat had reportedly been struck by a bullet. That person later died from his injuries, police said.

Initial reports from police on Wednesday indicated that the person found in the back of the car was a man. In the police report released afterwards officers described the victim as a juvenile.

Three people inside a nearby Lexus were in the line of fire as well, police said. One bullet struck a child in the forehead causing a skull fracture. The child was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

One of the suspects, Ahmad Walton, was also injured during the incident. He told police he was the driver of the white Ford Escape and was shot in the leg when someone opened fire on them.

He and co-defendant Charterous Smith were arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm.

A murder charge has not been filed in this case pending the outcome of an autopsy.

A mugshot for Walton was not immediately available.

A representative with Sonic said while the shooting occurred at the drive-in, it did not involve the restaurant. No Sonic employees were involved or injured, and the franchisee who owns and operates the drive-in is assisting police.

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