Woman killed when shots fired into South Memphis home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman was killed Saturday night when someone shot into her South Memphis home, police said.

Family members have identified the victim as Dorothy Jackson – a 67-year-old grandmother.

Sources tell WREG Jackson was living in the home on Norfolk Street with her two sisters and their grandchildren, a 17- and 13-year-old. They believe the 17-year-old was the intended target, but say he wasn’t even home.

WREG counted at least 30 bullet holes in and surrounding one window.

“It’s bad when you got all this kind of shooting,” neighbor James Taylor said.

Taylor has lived on the street for more than five decades. His wife heard the gunshots.

“She said it sounded like a zookie or whatever you call it. She said a big ole gun,” he said.

Homicide detectives were still investigating more than 11 hours later, removing bags of evidence from the home, searching a nearby field for bullet casings and going door-to-door talking to neighbors.

Family tells WREG this is at least the third time Jackson’s home has been shot up over the span of about six years. They say one year, it was targeted twice.

Sources say this shooting was possibly related to another shooting nearby a few weeks ago.

Taylor helped start a neighborhood watch program 15 years ago, and despite the ongoing violence, he believes it’s working.

“We try to, you know, help keep it clean the best we know how and to do things that help the neighbors and make it safe for children and the neighborhood,” he said.

But he says it’s up to everyone in the neighborhood to curb the violence.

“People in the neighborhood have to come together,” he said. “And I thank the lord that he gives me strength to do these things, and I’m not scared, because if you’re scared you ain’t gonna do nothing.”


Police have no suspect information. Anyone with tips is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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