MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Two shootings occurred within 24 hours on the same street in North Memphis.
In both incidents, Local 24 News has learned the victims were not the intended targets. A MLGW worker is fighting for his life at Regional One for just doing his job, and a 14-year-old boy was shot Tuesday while walking with his friend.
“So, what would make somebody just come and shoot a man that was doing his job,” said Carl Whitaker, who lives in North Memphis.
That is the question many people are asking after a MLGW worker was shot while on the job Tuesday night on North Dunlap.
“People working, they trying to make a living, and it’s sad when somebody else will come by and mess with him because that’s what they were doing working,” said Lou Burnett, who heard the gunshots.
We’re told the victim and a Co-worker were working on a water leak Tuesday night when one of the workers was hit by a bullet. MLGW says officials are working with officers on solving the crime.
Monday, Memphis Police say a 14-year-old boy was shot on the same street.
“What happened with my brother and his story…it was some men arguing and they were just arguing on the street and he got shot for no reason,” said Destiny Plumer, friend of 14-year-old boy who was shot.
City officials are encouraging youth and their families to take advantage of community centers like the Greenlaw Community Center. They say it helps to reduce crime and it keeps the youth busy so that they won’t find trouble.
“Give them something to do, sign them up for summer programs throughout the city of Memphis. Idle minds are the devil’s workshop and if they are idle, they will find negativity,” said Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd, District 7.
Boyd who represents North Memphis says the crime issues are not exclusive to his district. He says the Memphis City Council has sponsored legislation and found savings to put cameras up on community centers and city owned property, but residents can also be proactive.
“Create a neighborhood watch if you have a neighborhood watch or you don’t have one…start one,” Boyd stressed.
MLGW says the company is working with MPD to make sure their workers are safer in the field.