Man Charged After Basketball Court Shooting Near Memphis Police Station

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Man Faces Charges After Basketball Court Shooting Behind Memphis Precinct

Memphis police have arrested one man after a shooting Friday evening at a basketball court in Southeast Memphis. 

Kevin Baker, 21, is charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault. 

The shooting took place just feet away from the Mt. Moriah police station around 6:40 p.m.

One man was taken to Regional One hospital for shooting injuries in non-critical condition. 

According to investigators, the incident stemmed from an argument at Halle Stadium basketball courts. 

Another man and a pregnant woman were injured while trying to flee the area. 

“I come up here all the time I just, I don’t think it always happens,” said 16-year-old Sherman Weakley. “I play basketball, a lot of people know me, and I never hear about shootings. It’s the first time in a long time.” 

The Wooddale High School student comes to play basketball at Halle Stadium frequently. 

One mother of three, routinely keeps her eye for trouble.

 “I look for altercations,” said Angela Smith. “Just those riled up altercations that don’t want to cool down.”

This is not the first-time basketball arguments have turned into shooting injuries. 

In 2017, a former Melrose and University of Louisville player was shot in the leg. 

Smith says better policing is the answer. 

“I can do more better with security that’s here, there posted over there,” said Smith. “So, if something like happens, like in the club. All the security is going to run to that one spot. They need to look at this like an open club.”

Baker is set to appear in court Monday.  

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