Teen brothers arrested in Tom Lee Park shooting

By: Kristin Leigh

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two teenage brothers face multiple charges for a shooting that injured an innocent bystander Sunday night at Tom Lee Park.

FOX13's Kristin Leigh read through court records Monday. She learned the older teen tampered with evidence trying to keep his younger brother out of trouble. 


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At Tom Lee Park Sunday night, police said two groups of guys got into an argument and eventually shot at each other.

An innocent 37-year-old woman was caught in the crossfire and was critically injured.

18-year-old Branden Gray is charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and illegally carrying a gun.

Police said he tried to hide evidence after his 17-year-old brother was shot during a shootout.

According to court records, Gray grabbed his brother's weapon and put it in his pants.

Gray tried to run away, but police caught him. Officers said they found two guns in the 18-year-old's pants after his arrest.

Memphian Ladarius Drain and his girlfriend enjoy exercising at the park, but now worry about recent violence.

“I think people just should put the guns down. Leave the guns at home,” said Drain.  

Even with skycop cameras and regular police patrols, it's been a rough start to the year.

Police investigated another shooting in the same area in February.

“People come here to work out, walk with the dogs or have fun with kids. Just leave the guns at home,” said Drain.

Advice Memphians hope their peers follow as the busiest time of the year begins on the riverfront.

A spokesperson with the riverfront development corporation told us the RDC works with Memphis police to come up with a plan to keep Tom Lee Park safe during its busy season. That includes Memphis in May on the riverfront. 

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