MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Police say the man wanted for firing the shot that hit a 10-year old girl at Goodwill Village Apartments Monday night, is now in custody.
28-year old William Gregory faces charges criminal attempted first degree murder (6 counts), convicted felon in possession of firearm and employment of firearm during commission of dangerous felony.
Memphis Police say Gregory is known to family members.
The 10-year-old girl is now in stable condition at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.
The shooting happened at the long-troubled apartment complex with safety and sanitation issues: Goodwill Village Apartments in north Memphis.
The girl’s mother called police at 8:45 p.m. Monday night from the 2500 block of Goodwill Lane. The girl was airlifted to Le Bonheur in critical condition. The girl attends Douglass K-8.
The apartment complex where she was shot is a magnet to violent crime, and Tuesday afternoon in a Local 24 exclusive, the leader of the organization which owns this complex responds to some alarming recent statistics.
"That shouldn’t happen anywhere,” says Janine Heiner Buchanan. “Unbelievable. It's sickening."
Buchanan is frustrated, hours after an innocent 10-year-old girl was hit by gunfire, and seriously hurt inside the challenged Goodwill Village apartments.
“To just continue the status quo is not acceptable,” says Buchanan, who works at Safeways, which tracks crime trends and issues at large apartment complexes.
Using Memphis police data, Buchanan said among complexes with at least 100 units, Goodwill finished number one in its MPD precinct in 2015 and 2016 for serious offenses per unit, and number three among complexes in all of Shelby County those same years.
"It's very frustrating to see that a property that has received so much attention and so much pressure from governmental agencies, in the last year, we haven't seen any improvement,” says Buchanan.
Aside from criminal challenges, city of Memphis code enforcement made frequent checkups in recent years. In 2015, a Shelby County Judge ordered improvements from the complex’s owner Global Ministries Foundation after complaints of poor living conditions, including mold and faulty plumbing.
"This is a challenging situation,” says Rev. Richard Hamlet, President and CEO of Global Ministries Foundation.
Hamlet came out Tuesday afternoon to a prayer vigil on the property, and sent this message to those living here in fear and frustration.
"We increased security, we are having a management change in two weeks to the group that's buying the property, the Millennia Company out of Cleveland will be managing this, LEDIC has managed this, I think they've done the best they could,” says Hamlet.
Millennia says it is scheduled to take over management March 1st, and will acquire the property in the fall.
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