- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Six people, including two juveniles, were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a pair of shootings in Memphis, Tennessee. The second shooting necessitated the hourslong lockdown of nearby Methodist North Hospital.

The night of crime began at midnight, when officers heard gunshots near the BP gas station at 5755 Raleigh LaGrange Road and saw a white SUV flee northward on Sycamore View Road. Officers found a semi-automatic rifle at the scene, according to Memphis CBS affiliate WREG-TV.

Having found no victims on-site at the gas station, officers went just up Sycamore View Road to the Tanglewood apartment complex, where they found a white Infiniti QX50, reported stolen out of the Memphis suburb of Collierville. The car was riddled with bullet holes and had part of a gas pump still attached, according to the latest statement by the Memphis Police Department on Twitter.

Police determined that 19-year-old Reginald Felix, along with a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, were in the stolen Infiniti at the gas station when they were shot at. A fourth victim, an unnamed 25-year-old, took a private vehicle directly from there to the hospital, according to the police statement.

After fleeing the gas station to the apartment complex, a second unnamed 25-year-old and a 14-year-old attempted to transport Mr. Felix and others in a private vehicle to Methodist North Hospital on New Covington Pike.

While on the way to the hospital, unknown suspects in a dark SUV shot at the second car, a silver sedan. The five fled the car on foot toward Methodist North Hospital, leaving the vehicle disabled at 4010 Austin Peay Highway, police said in the Twitter statement. 

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The shooting was close to the hospital, necessitating its lockdown. The hospital lockdown would not be lifted until 3 a.m, according to WREG-TV. Nearby roads would be locked down and blocked off for a few hours after that.

“This incident did not occur on or near our hospital campus. Our medical staff worked quickly to stabilize the injured and get them the care they needed. We appreciate the swift action from our staff to guide patients away from the ED waiting area so our security team and Memphis Police Department could respond quickly,” said Sarah Farley, spokesperson for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Officers arrived at the hospital in response to the six shooting victims in the emergency room at 12:47 a.m. From the initial emergency room, the victims would be relocated to nearby hospitals.

The two juveniles were sent to Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, while the four adults were sent to Regional One Hospital, also in Memphis.

The 14-year-old is in noncritical condition at the children’s hospital, police said. The 17-year-old and both 25-year-olds remain in critical condition at Regional One Hospital.

Mr. Felix has been released from the hospital and charged with theft of property $10,000-$60,000. The released 16-year-old has been moved to juvenile court with the same charge. The hospitalized 17-year-old will also be charged on the same count once he is released.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the locations of the shootings. 

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.

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