MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 18-year-old charged in a midday shooting Saturday in East Memphis that led to a high-speed chase is due back in court March 28, 2023.
A video arraignment was held for Tyshaun Wear Monday, March 27, and a public defender was requested. He faces 35 criminal charges in connection with the weekend shooting and chase. Among the charges are attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless driving and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.
According to court records, Wear remains in jail on $150,000 bond.
Saturday, March 25, police said they were called to the Eastgate Shopping Center at Park Avenue and White Station around noon where they were told by citizens that two vehicles were involved in a shooting and both had left the scene.
In a police affidavit, investigators said officers asked dispatch to check local hospitals for shooting victims, and a few minutes later, they discovered that two had just arrived at St. Francis hospital.
MPD said two had arrived at St. Francis in their own cars and were in non-critical condition. One of the victims told officers he was shot in the right shoulder and the other victim told authorities he had been shot in his right thigh, according to the affidavit. A third was shot at but not injured, according to the report.
One of the victims told police that he was trying to find his car that had been stolen. This victim told police that he found the 2017 Infiniti in the Eastgate parking lot, according to the affidavit.
He also told police that he pulled in front of his vehicle, blocking the front of the car with a 2017 Mercedes E300, according to the affidavit.
It was then that the occupants of the stolen Infiniti started firing shots and the two victims were struck by gunfire, according to the affidavit.
The victims then tried to drive way south through the parking lot, but the suspects continued to shoot at them.
A $750 window in a business close to the scene was broken at this time, according to the affidavit. Additionally, parts of three vehicles were hit by gunfire in the parking lot of Mellow Mushroom, according to the affidavit — a 2019 Jeep Cherokee with a $500 windshield, 2021 Volkswagen Passat with a front driver side quarter panel above the front tire valued at $750 and a 2021 Hyundai Tucson with a rear-window valued at $750.
The suspect drove away North towards Poplar Avenue, according to the affidavit.
Later, officers found the car in the area of Vollintine Avenue and Ayers and proceeded to activate blue lights and sirens that the driver of the vehicle disregarded, driving recklessly to evade the officers, according to the affidavit.
This driver even drove into oncoming lanes of traffic and eventually struck a fence but continued driving, according to the affidavit.
A foot chase ensued and Tyshaun Wear was later taken into custody, according to the affidavit. Wear did not have a valid driver's license and had no proof of vehicle insurance, according to the affidavit.
One of the victims from the Eastgate incident was able to identify Wear in a lineup, and then a plethora of car break-ins committed on Saturday were linked to the stolen black Infiniti and Wear as police were able to match both the license plate on the car and a light blue hoodie with footage from the Eastgate parking lot, according to the affidavit. Wear was wearing a light blue hoodie when taken into custody, according to the affidavit.
Specifically, at 10 a.m. MPD responded to a break in at 4972 Park where a 2017 Chevy Silverado's $500 rear window had been broken out and police were told that $7 in coins had been stolen from the vehicle. Another $500 rear window had been broken on a 2019 Volvo, according to the affidavit.
Around 20 minutes later, MPD responded to a vehicle break-in at 5112 Park where a $500 driver side rear window had been broken and a $100 pouch was missing that contained two $50 cell phone chargers, according to the affidavit.
About 25 minutes after that MPD responded to a vehicle break-in at 4791 Willow Road where the $500 rear driver side window of a Nissan Altima had been broken and several items were missing from the car, according to the affidavit. Another $500 window had been broken on a 2018 Ford Focus and a victim's wallet as well as other items were missing from the car, according to the affidavit.
When officers searched the stolen Infiniti that Wear had been driving, they found this victim's wallet and a backpack that contained Nike shoes, a pair of slides and a cell phone, according to the affidavit.