MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATED 11/29/2019 10:30 a.m.: Memphis Police have released pictures of additional persons of interest in the November 26 shooting that left a 9-year-old boy fighting for his life.
The two men in the picture below are wanted for questioning in addition to Jamarrius Rashad Rucker, who was identified Thanksgiving day as a person of interest.
They were in a silver sedan, possibly a Hyundai or Toyota.
No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-2274 (CASH)
UPDATED 3:00 p.m.: Memphis Police have identified the person of interest as Jamarrius Rashad Rucker.
They say Rucker has two unrelated active warrants for vandalism $1,000 or less and assault.
Anyone with information on Rucker’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.
11/28/2019 9:00 a.m.: Memphis Police have released pictures of a person of interest in a shooting that left a 9-year-old boy fighting for his life.
Police say the person of interest was in a silver sedan. Anyone with information is asked to call 901-528-CASH.
11/27/2019: A 9-year-old Memphis boy is fighting for his life after being shot while riding in his father’s car. Investigators said an argument between adults led to the gunfire in south Memphis.
It happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Castalia Street near Person Avenue.
The Memphis Police report said the shooter, who hasn’t been arrested, followed the family after the boy’s father said he witnessed an argument between a worker and that man at a south Memphis gas station.
At last check, the boy remains in critical condition at Le Bonheur Children’s hospital.
Witnesses of that shooting were left scared for their safety and sympathetic as the injured child is treated.
“It was really loud,” one eyewitness said.
Last night, the sound of gunfire jolted those who on or near Castalia Street.
Wednesday, they learned the identity of the person hit – a 9-year-old boy – while riding in his father’s car near Magnolia Elementary.
“Our innocent kids are getting involved in grown people’s business,” the eyewitness added, who didn’t want her name or face shown because of safety concerns.
“I hope the little boy really recovers, you know, because he’s a child, he’s just a child, he doesn’t have anything to do with this,” the eyewitness said.
According to the Memphis Police report, the boy’s father witnessed an argument between a man and a store clerk at a gas station on Lamar Avenue and South Parkway. When the father drove away, he told police that man followed him and his son in a car and he heard a gunshot.
The report said the boy was shot in the back and rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
“It should be a wakeup call to all of us,” Jacqueline Ragland said.
Ragland also heard the shooting as she prepared lesson plans inside her home.
“I just began to pray because that’s the best I could do,” Ragland said. “We have lost our will to be kind.”
No one was home earlier Wednesday at the father’s listed address, but a neighbor said he saw that boy play outside frequently.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from several locations – including that gas station. No one has been arrested. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.