The Sea Isle neighborhood was out in full force Friday to show their support for the folks at a local bowling alley after a terrifying shooting last week.
18 year old Justin Johnson was arrested the same day for attempted second-degree murder.
Investigators say after a fight at Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes in East Memphis, Johnson got his gun and shot into the building injuring four people.
“I told the neighbors I said we don’t want your money. Bring food. Y’all come up here. This is about supporting them,” said Sandi Rogers with the Sea Isle Neighborhood Association.
The neighborhood association organized a get together with Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes to stand up to the violence and show their unity.
As people packed the bowling alley, Rogers became overwhelmed by the turnout.
“We just want to show them, ‘Hey we got their back. We’re here, and we’re going to take care of this place, and nobody needs to be scared to come here,'” said Rogers.
“We needed that right now because it was really that first week we were just like..it was just devastating,” said Rebecca Hardwick, owner of Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes.
Friday people were overjoyed to hear Johnson was arrested.
“It was a relief because we’re planning for this event, but that’s still been kind of hanging over everyone’s head, but it was absolute relief,” said Hardwick’s daughter Kelly Frasure.
As neighbors and first responders enjoyed food, treats, dancing and a few turns on the lanes, the family behind the business of 35 years expressed their deep gratitude.
“The outpouring of love that we have received has far outweighed the negative of that terrible incident,” said Frasure.