Commissioner speaks on violence in district after string of violent crimes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — District 11 Commissioner Eddie Jones said he’s aware of the harsh reality that many in his community are living in.

“It’s unfortunate that we get to go out of our house and we think hey it’s safe,” Jones said. “I can go and the reality is not that.”

It revealed itself Wednesday night after a deadly double shooting at this Valero on Knight Arnold Road, where police say Donterrius Johnson and another young man, a teenager, died at the scene.

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We’re told the shooting started with 20-year-old Noah Jones’ car being stolen at gunpoint in front of his home.

The affidavit said investigators saw footage of the juvenile pulling up to Valero in Jones’ stolen car before shots were fired in front of the gas station with people inside.

After the shooting, the affidavit indicates investigators caught up with Noah Jones as he was at Baptist East with a gunshot wound to his left leg.

Now with Noah Jones facing two first-degree murder charges and police looking for three others, Commissioner Jones said last night’s shooting falls in line with what he’s been hearing lately.

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He said he’s been getting emails about an increase in young people with guns over the past 30 days.

“What has been reported to me from constituents within the community that they’ve been seeing more and more young men in and out of the community with guns,” he said.

As anger and sadness fills the Fox Meadows community, Commissioner Jones said he and other leaders are searching for answers to a growing problem.

“I want the people in Fox Meadows and the Hickory Hill and Parkway Village area to know that your elected officials are working on this,” he said. “We understand what’s happening.”

Commissioner Jones said community leaders have continually voiced their concerns to elected officials, but more has to be done.

He points to a statewide permitless carry bill that goes into effect July 1 as an example, saying local leaders pushed back against it.

“I think the local legislative bodies need to work more closely with the state legislative bodies,” he said. “Because a lot of these things happen and they become law. I think a unified force joining together, working together, can better benefit the citizenry no matter where you live.”

Either way, he said there are no easy answers to the rise in gun violence across Memphis.

But he wants people to remain vigilant.

“Until we can get this under control just be more cautious about your surroundings and what you are doing,” he said. “The environment that you are in.”