Young boy killed, two wounded in shooting during violent week for children – where’s Black Lives Matter?

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MEMPHIS, TN – A ten-year-old boy was killed, and a 12-year-old and adult were wounded, when shots were fired into the car they were in.  Richard Jordan was pronounced dead after the incident at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Memphis police reported that three cars pulled alongside the car Jordan and his family were in and opened fire.  The shooting occurred near the intersection of Airways and Ketchum on the Southeast side of Memphis.

It is unclear if the car carrying Richard Jordan was the intended target of the shooting, or if people in the other cars were shooting at each other and Richard’s family was caught in the crossfire.  Police are looking for a gold Chevrolet Malibu with missing hubcaps, a black Chrysler 300, and an unknown model gray sedan.

In nearby Jackson, Tennessee, a ten-year-old girl is facing an attempted murder charge after shooting a 16-year-old boy on Tuesday.

Jackson Police Department officers arrived at the East Pointe Apartments to find the 16-year-old shot in the chest.  He was transported to a local hospital, and then to a major medical center in Memphis.  His condition is listed as critical, but stable.

WSB TV of Atlanta reported on a press release by Jackson police:

“Investigators determined that a ten-year-old girl had purposely shot the teen. Police recovered the firearm and detained the girl who faces charges of second-degree attempted murder and using a firearm during a felony.”

The girl is in custody at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

In a week wrought with violence involving children, a baby boy was killed when his father failed to secure him in a car seat and had a violent wreck.

At around 2:00 a.m. on Couchville Pike in Nashville, police and fire personnel say that 21-year-old Malcolm Hensley was driving his car with the baby in his lap.  After the accident, Hensley told first responders that his son was in a car seat. However, four-month-old Messiah was found face down against the driver’s door and had not been secured in a child seat.

Police said Hensley failed to negotiate a curve, veered off the side of the road and hit a rock wall. Hensley reportedly told police he swerved to avoid a deer, but investigators said there was no evidence to indicate a swerve.

Hensley was charged with vehicular homicide and felony aggravated child abuse.

Just last month in Birmingham, 29-year-old Rickkia Allen was indicted for the 2019 shooting death of Ta’Narius “TJ” Moore. TJ was shot in the head December 7, 2019 when he was caught in a gunfire exchange between family members.  He was transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but did not survive.

Rickkia Allen was charged with capital murder. Police said:

“Investigators learned that two family members were engaged in an altercation that led to gunfire.  The victim received a gunshot wound as a result of the gunfire.”

Also, in the Birmingham area, eight-year-old Royta Giles was gunned down in the Riverchase Galleria Mall this summer in Hoover, Alabama.

The bright and cheery young man lived in nearby Bessemer and was shopping at the mall with his family when a gun battle ensued between several men.  Royta was hit in the crossfire and died at the scene.

Shortly after the shooting, Hoover police announced capital murder charges against King Gary Williams and Demetrius Dewayne Jackson Jr., both 19 years old and from Birmingham. Each man was also charged with three counts of second-degree assault in connection to the wounding of three others inside the mall.

A third male, 22-year-old Montez Moses Miracle Coleman, faces the same charges in the deadly shooting. All three are pending trial in Jefferson County.

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Three children shot in ‘targeted attack’ – gunman is still on the run. Here’s what we know so far.

October 13, 2020

 

CHATTANOOGA, TN- Police are calling the shooting in downtown Chattanooga a “targeted attack.” The three victims of the shooting are all children under the age of ten.

The shooting occurred on Sunday morning at the intersection of Chestnut St. and Eighth St. in downtown Chattanooga, near the Westin Hotel. A 911 call was made at around 11:00AM that reported multiple shots being fired at the intersection.

The three victims were shot from inside a vehicle that stopped at the intersection, when police arrived they located multiple shell casings in the street. The shooting victims are a 9 year old boy, a 4 year old boy, and a 2 year old girl.

The victims sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds and were quickly taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police are actively investigating but have not yet apprehended the gunman responsible for the shooting.

Although the shooter has not yet been found police claim that the attack was “targeted” and there is no reason for the public to fear for their safety.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke spoke about the shooting in a statement:

“I am appalled that anyone would open fire into a vehicle with three innocent, young children in it. I know I speak for everyone in Chattanooga when I say that this level of violence is totally unacceptable and must end.”

A city councilman spoke about the crime. In an interview with WTVC Chattanooga City Councilman Anthony Byrd said that police are not the solution to preventing crimes like these:

“Police are not the short fix to it. More security cameras and things to that effect are not the fix of it. The short fix is us coming together, finding out what’s going on in our homes.”

Local police claim that this area is relatively safe with low shooting rates. In the past five years Chattanooga’s Downtown and Southside combined have only seen 103 shootings. Only two of those have occurred on Chestnut St.

Although the area boasts a low homicide rate there is still fear for safety from business owners. This fear dates back to 2018 when a 21 year old woman was murdered outside of a popular bar on Chestnut St. Following the 2018 shooting the owner of the bar threatened to stop investing millions of dollars into developing the area over safety concerns.

The threat forced Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy to engage in discussions with local businesses on how to decrease crime in the area.

Although similar circumstances led to talks on lowering crime a Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson says there are not yet plans to begin discussions again:

“No matter what Chief Roddy does, no matter how many police he puts out there, no matter how much he tries to engage with the community, the community has to want to engage with Chief Roddy.” 

The shooter that injured three children is still roaming the streets. If you have any information regarding the shooting please call 423-698-2525 or submit a tip from Chattanooga Police Department’s mobile app. Anonymous tips are accepted.

 

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