Man plays dead in order to survive shooting, watches friends get murdered by this killer

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Memphis, Tennessee – Police in Memphis say that a man who was non-fatally shot earlier in July was essentially forced to play dead in order to not be shot again, while a gunman executed two others right in front of him. 

On July 13th at approximately 5:30 a.m., a man suffering from gun shot wounds stepped into the Tillman Police Station, and recounted what he’d witnessed, and what he was a victim of, near the 2800 block of Nathan. 

When first responders arrived at the scene of the shooting, they’d discovered two deceased males, identified as James Brown and James Smith. Both of the victims had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. 

The lone survivor of the triple-shooting informed police that the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Terrell Jones, began shooting them after playing a game of dice.

Man plays dead in order to survive shooting, watches friends get murdered by this killer
Terrell Jones – Tillman Police

According to the victim, when Jones shot him, he simply played dead in the hopes that he wouldn’t get killed by the suspect. Police say that Jones shot the other two victims in the head, and began rummaging through everyone’s pockets before fleeing the area. 

Jones was subsequently arrested and is now facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

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Earlier this month in Memphis, a mother of five was gunned down in front of her children. Now she is in the hospital fighting for her life while the shooter remains at large.

According to ABC 24 in Memphis, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has obtained an active warrant for 20-year-old Rodney Mcatee, who is considered to be armed and dangerous. He is also wanted for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The victim’s family confirmed that Mcatee is the shooter.

The victim was identified by family as Brittany Starks.

“He shot her in the chest just two centimeters above her heart,” said Brianna Hawthorne, sister of the victim. “She tried to end the relationship with her boyfriend, and he decided he was going to end her life.”

According to the family, Mcatee shot Starks with an AK47, just a scant few feet from Stark’s children.

 Deborah Hall-Burrows, Starks’ aunt said:

“The people that know her, they know that she’s a sweet hearted person, soft spoken, the whole 9 yards…and for this to happen to her, this is really, really a shame,” 

The children were unharmed. An active search is underway by both the Memphis Police Department, as well as the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. Starks’ family said that Mcatee has a history of abuse, as well as several brushes with law enforcement.

Demetria Hughes, Starks’ mother said:

“If you’re in a relationship and you’re feeling threatened, or you feel as if he is separating you from your family or anything like that, try to get help,”.

Memphis police: This man shot a mother in front of her five children. Now they are desperate to find him.

The family said that Mcatee has been calling Starks’ hospital room to harass her.

Starks’ sister said in a statement: 

“He’s armed and dangerous, two days ago it was my sister, tonight, tomorrow it could be you,” 

Mcatee also allegedly threatened to shoot his roommate back in 2018, according to Fox 13 Memphis. Apparently, this 2018 incident all stemmed from his roommate doing the dishes and Mcatee believing he was using his face towel to dry the dishes off. 

The victim from the 2018 case stated that Mcatee and him were arguing inside of the home, when Mcatee went into the bedroom and retrieved a handgun and pressed it to his roommate’s temple saying the following: 

“I will blow your ass off.”

Police arrested Mcatee the day following the alleged incident under charges of aggravated assault, theft of property, and conviction felon in possession of a handgun.

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