Man admits to shooting assault rifle into crowd, killing woman

Published: May. 22, 2016 at 11:57 AM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2016 at 7:34 PM CDT
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Myneishia Johnson (Source: Family)
Myneishia Johnson (Source: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An 18-year-old mother, who was one week away from graduating, is dead and two others are injured after a shooting that happened in Downtown Memphis on Sunday morning.

It happened on Peabody Place and Second Street around 12 a.m.

Police said officers were working in the area when they heard two gunshots.

Myneishia Johnson, 18, was shot and pronounced dead on the scene. Family members said Johnson was getting ready to graduate from Booker T. Washington High School.

"Why my baby?" Johnson's mother, Terry Johnson, said. "She ain't ever done nothing wrong [sic] to nobody. Why my baby?"

A 19-year-old man was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition. A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital by private vehicle in non-critical condition.

"Dude rolled the window down, smiles at them, by the time they even walked off, he just started shooting in the crowd," Johnson said. "They just left my baby on the sidewalk. They didn't do nothing for my baby. They just left her lying there."

Investigators said officers saw a Nissan Maxima speeding from where the shooting happened, turning onto Fourth Street.

Officers tried to stop the driver, but he kept going, causing a brief chase. The driver was eventually stopped and arrested at Interstate 55 and Third Street.

Kwasi Corbin, 19, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony.

Police said when they arrested Corbin, he had an assault rifle in the car. He admitted to shooting the rifle into a crowd of people.

Johnson's mother said the young mother was set to graduate from Booker T. Washington High School in a week.

"My baby's graduating next Saturday," she said. "She can't even walk the aisle. God, this is unreal."

Johnson played basketball and volleyball at high school. She was also a mother to a 1-year-old boy.

"My baby was a good girl and she didn't deserve to get killed," Johnson said. "Ain't like she got into it with anybody. No argument, nothing for you to cut her down like that."

Friends and family of Myneishia Johnson gathered near her home on Sunday night to remember her. They lit candles and prayed for senseless shootings to stop.

"She's that kind of kid who had an impact on everybody she touched," Johnson's principal, Alisha Coleman-Kiner, said. "She's a kid. She did stuff that kids do, but she always smiled and owned her choices and she always bounced back."

Johnson's principal attended the vigil and said Johnson is someone she will never forget. She was an honor student and an office assistant, so she spent a lot of time with school employees.

Coleman-Kiner said the shooting was senseless and said Johnson's sweet, beautiful smile will stick with her always.

"It's always the innocent ones and unfortunately we don't start talking about it until it happens," she said. "I want this one to go past a conversation because she was much too important for the conversation to end when we bury her."

Booker T. Washington High School leaders posted photos of Myneishia Johnson to the school's Facebook page dedicated to women's athletics, asking others to keep her family and her son in their prayers.

Booker T. Washington High School will have grief counselors available at the school for both staff and students. Kiner said Monday is a day they need to come together and pray together.

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