Two charged with gunning down 66-year-old woman with child in car


Alfonzo Kennedy and Cortez Graham

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men have been arrested and charged with gunning down a 66-year-old woman in a car with a 9-year-old in the backseat.

The shooting happened Wednesday in the 1300 block of Wabash in South Memphis.

Officers found the woman in her car with gunshot wounds to her head and torso. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police also found a 9-year-old unharmed in the backseat. Neighbors told WREG the child was the victim’s grandson and she was dropping him off at the time of the shooting.

A witness told police that a car with tinted windows pulled up behind the victim’s car and rolled down both the front and rear passenger-side windows. Two suspects — identified by the witness as “Chuck” and “Li’l Al” — pointed assault rifles out the window and began firing.

Investigators recovered 25 rifle casings around the vehicle.

Neighbors say the shooting was a gang-related retaliation crime, but the suspects shot the wrong person. Apparently the person they were targeting had the same color car.

Alfonzo Kennedy, 23, and Cortez Graham, 30, are charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, the Memphis Police Department said Saturday. Both are in the Shelby County Jail.

Graham and Kennedy were captured during a crime abatement saturation by the Memphis Police and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

The joint exercise resulted in the capture of 51 people wanted in Hickory Hill and southeast Shelby County, the sheriff’s office said.

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