Man shot on University of Memphis campus

by: Jerrita Patterson Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Streets were blocked, there was a heavy police presence and a car was left pierced by a bullet. 

These were all signs of the violence that happened at the University of Memphis early Friday morning. 

It was just before 1:30 a.m. when U of M and Memphis Police were called to Patterson Street. 

Investigators told FOX13 a man driving a white Audi was dropping his girlfriend off, when things took a violent turn.  Another driver opened fire, shooting multiple rounds into the Audi. 

The driver was hit in the leg. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.

By sun up, students were reacting.  Some were surprised, while others said, "Unfortunately this is not the first time crime has made its way to campus."

"It's been happening a lot recently,” freshman Maiya Phillips said.  “It worries me a little bit, especially because it happened right by my dorm."


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Phillips and her boyfriend Darrian Scott, were made aware of the shooting from a school security alert--via email.  It was alarming to hear violence made its way to the one place, they should feel safe.

"It's surprising that the crime from the city is coming to campus,” freshman Darrian Scott said.  “I mean, staying in the city you hear about this stuff all the time; but it's just surprising that it's coming and affecting students now."

Hours after the shooting, the area re-opened and things were back to usual on campus.  Still some students are taking extra precautions, to stay safe.

"I make sure I walk with her to make sure nothing happens to her," Scott said.

If you have any information that could help in the case, you can contact U of M police or call CRIMESTOPPERS at (901) 528-CASH.