Memphis mother says son was paralyzed from overnight shooting

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man sitting inside his car overnight was shot multiple times, and his mother says that he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“The shots rang out while he was pulling out of the yard,” the woman said in a phone call with WREG’s Jerrita Patterson not long after she learned her oldest son’s life was forever changed in an instant.

“It’s terrible,” she said. “He’s paralyzed from the waist down.”

The woman’s son was shot at the Willow Creek Apartments in southeast Memphis just after midnight. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance in critical condition after being located in a vehicle.

His mother said it was a case of mistaken indentity.

“He didn’t ask no questions, he just started shooting,” she said.

The victim told police he was sitting inside his car when a man he’s familiar with walked up and said “You were the one that shot up my Mama’s house” before firing five shots.

This wasn’t the only shooting in Memphis overnight. Officers also responded to a shooting on Tillman Street in Binghampton. WREG was originally told someone was injured at that location, but authorities later clarified saying no one was hurt.

If you know anything about either shooting, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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