Memphis police arrested another person in the shooting death and robbery of a man last year. Police responded to a shooting just after midnight at Gill Avenue and Pillow Street Sept. 6 and found a man dead. The city is on pace to have the deadliest year in history.
Young Black males turn Memphis into a war zone
According to an affidavit, they found a man lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his death was later ruled a homicide. An investigation revealed he had been lured to the location and ambushed by multiple people.
His cell phone records showed his last phone call was made approximately 17 minutes before he died to a phone belonging to Terry Wilkins, according to the affidavit. On March 24, 2021, Wilkins was located. He was brought into Homicide and found to have two cell phones.
His number was the same number the victim called before his death, according to the affidavit. Wilkins said the victim saw him walking down the street and exchanged phone numbers with him. He saw the victim called him numerous times over the next few days. He told police he and several others met up with the victim on Sept. 5 in order to steal his BMW.
He said once they reached the location, they surrounded the victim, shot him and took his key fob from his body. Wilkins said he then drove away in the BMW, according to the affidavit. He is charged with First Degree Murder and other crimes.
Surveillance video at a north Memphis gas station captures a man shooting at a car full of people. Many of the bullets hit a city of Memphis fire station next door. Thankfully no one was hurt. At 6: Why the victim believes he was targeted. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/hq7R0h7UpD
— Shay Arthur (@ShayA_WREG3) February 11, 2020
Democrats ignore the insane crime rates in black cities
A new report dives deeper into something we already knew about 2020: major violent crimes in Memphis and Shelby County were on the rise. In 2020, Memphis set a record with 332 people violently killed in the city.
On Wednesday, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission released a new report echoing the troubling trend.
“It’s very clear our remaining big challenge is violent crime,” Bill Gibbons, president of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission said. “We have had a major uptick. But I should add this was a trend nationwide. Memphis was not alone in that.
The numbers, based on preliminary figures from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, show in Memphis, the violent crime rate went up almost a quarter at 24.3 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. In Shelby County, the increase was 23.1 percent.
“When you break down the violent crime figures, it’s really the murders and aggravated assaults that have gone up,” Gibbons said.