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Investigations underway following string of violence across Memphis

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 9:52 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis police are investigating after two people were killed and another injured in two shootings Monday evening.

It comes after a weekend of violence across the Bluff City.

The latest homicides: Two people were shot to death in broad daylight Monday in the 2200 block of Eldridge in North Memphis. An hour later, a woman was critically injured in a shooting on Kirby near Quince.

Over the weekend, at least seven people died in gun violence, including a 17-year-old boy, who Memphis police say was accidentally shot by a 16-year-old girl.

There was also a double homicide on Amarillo in Orange Mound. Police arrested 20-year-old Andre Jones and charged him with first-degree murder.

In June, President Joe Biden announced a plan to curb rising crime in cities like Memphis by investing federal money in community intervention programs like the Group Violence Intervention Program that Memphis is starting which matches mentors with youth.

”We have a plan to address the decades-old issue of public safety in our community. With these funds, it will allow us to fully implement and work that plan,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

Memphis police unveiled Shot Spotter in Orange Mound in April. The $650,000 technology uses audio sensors to detect gunfire and officers are quickly dispatched to the area.

Crime walks are also popular this year as community members try to fight back.

But for 211 people and their families and the 211 homicide victims in Memphis this year, crime solutions came too late.

Twenty-two children have died violently this year. Memphis police say 15 were murdered. The other seven were victims of negligent homicide with many killed by other kids or adults mishandling guns.

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