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Mother Grieves Over 2 Teen Girls Shot To Death At Gas Station

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Two teenagers were killed while another person and a baby boy suffered injuries during a shooting Friday night at a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee, according to local police.

The victims were parked in a red Infiniti at a gas pump at the Marathon gas station at about 9:35 p.m. when a dark-colored Nissan pulled up, the Memphis Police Department wrote in a series of tweets.

Someone in the Nissan began firing shots, striking the victims in their car, police said. The Nissan then fled the scene.

According to authorities, the shooting claimed the lives of a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl. Meanwhile, another 16-year-old female and a 9-month-old baby boy were injured. Their condition was listed as non-critical, police said.

Officers recovered the suspect vehicle, but they made no arrests as of Saturday morning, according to the tweets. It was not clear what caused the shooting, which remains under investigation.

Monday morning, someone shot and killed two people in the Messick Buntyn neighborhood.

It has been almost three weeks since Young Dolph was killed. With so many killings, people want to know what is behind the spike in crime.

Head of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission Bill Gibbons said that gang activity is a significant contributor to our crime problem. But, he added, the pandemic has also impacted crime.  Another factor, according to Gibbons, is that social unrest has affected law enforcement’s proactive activities.

“Law enforcement has the same reactions as everybody else and probably have been a little more reluctant to interact with people as a result of the unrest,” said Gibbons.

MAPPING OF RISING VIOLENCE

While murder and aggravated assault is up, Gibbons said robberies and property crimes are down.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said whatever the cause, her office is committed to holding those who commit crimes accountable.

“As difficult as it is to articulate one that is causing it or three things that are causing it, the same can be said of what is it going to take to fix it. It is not one program that this office starts or one program the police start that will fix it. It is really going to take the community,” said Weirich.

The high number of aggravated assaults is a genuine concern because the suspect and victim often know each other, said Gibbons.

“We do have to take it seriously because all it takes is someone to be a good aim, and an aggravated assault can become murder in a split second,” said Gibbons.

Here is the crime mapping data for murders. Here are the aggravated assaults.