Community reacts to deadly shooting at Orange Mound post office

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people are dead, including the shooter, following a shooting at an Orange Mound post office.

An Orange Mound woman witnessed another person running from the building after the shooting.

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“I didn’t know what was going on,” said Treina Toney. “I thought maybe some bees were behind her, or someone might have been trying to rob her.”

Toney was about to leave the store when suddenly she saw a woman running from behind the post office at the corner of Park Avenue and Pendleton Street.

“She was screaming call 9-1-1, and we really didn’t know what was going on,” said Toney.

Toney said she immediately called the police then flagged down an ambulance.

A few minutes later, she saw another person running from the post office, then struggling to get past the fencing surrounding it.

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“Something has to be done because the crime rate is going up more and more and more,” said Toney.

Toney said she’s lived in Orange Mound for over 30 years. She said a lot has changed, especially the increase in gun violence.

Tuesday afternoon, everything happened a little too close to home for her.

“You scared to go to the store or anywhere,” she said. “You know it’s not only happening here. It’s in Collierville, just like the incident that happened there.”

FOX13 also talked to a woman from Orange Mound who is calling on the police chief, politicians, and other leaders to interact with the community to solve the crime problem.

“We need help out here,” said Charlesetta Ferguson. “We need politicians. We need our pastors coming out of these churches. Something has to be did.”

Ferguson said the place she’s called home for the past 57 years is no longer the same. She’s tired of all the crime and shooting deaths.

“We got to do something. We need help. This is one of the main neighborhoods needing focusing on,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson said she found out about the shooting while she was at work.

Others like Donnie Brown heard about it from friends.

He grew up in Orange Mound then moved away, but he still comes back several times during the week to see family.

“When I was coming up, we didn’t have this kind of stuff, was no violence. We fight, and we back friends. We weren’t killing each other,” said Brown.

Both Brown and Ferguson agree we need to find a solution soon before more people get killed.

“All this violence, it don’t make no sense. Our kids get killed, grown folks get killed, and everyone is scared to come outdoors. Why all these guns?” said Brown.