MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people were still in the hospital Thursday, a day after a shooting that killed another person in North Memphis.
“Let’s take our community back, and sometimes we have to take it back with force,” Jermar Wilkins told FOX13. “If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything.”
Wednesday afternoon, four people were shot, and another was killed in the North Memphis neighborhood Wilkins grew up in.
“It hurts me because I know we are not doing the work we need to do in the community,” said Wilkins.
The investigation covered two streets. Crime scene tape stretched from Olympic Street to North Montgomery Street while investigators pieced together what happened.
According to Memphis Police, this makes 31 homicides through the first 34 days of 2021. Of that number, three were children.
“I didn’t even know we’re at 31 homicides, but that says a whole lot about the community, says a whole lot about dysfunction,” said Wilkins. “Nothing to live for.”
Wilkins is calling on fellow pastors to step up and be a beacon of light throughout Memphis.
“I call out the pastors to get out the pulpit and come out into the streets where the real trouble is,” said Wilkins.
Charlotte Cobb is senior pastor at Outreach Ministries in North Memphis.
Her church is not far from Olympic Street and North Montgomery, the scenes of Wednesday’s quadruple shooting.
“We have a lot of gun violence,” Cobb said. “It’s just 38108. I’m here just to help to make 38108 great. I think that we as leaders are going to have to get together.”
Cobb said hearing a person losing their life to gun violence really hits home. Two of her sons were shot and killed twenty years apart, in 1990 and 2010.
“It hurts me really, really really, really bad,” she said. “Just like everybody else, when you see that the numbers are getting younger, the violators are getting younger. The people that are being murdered and hurt, they’re getting younger. You’ve got 14 and 15-year-old kids carjacking and stuff. That’s unheard of. You don’t hear that. But that’s what it’s come to.”
Cobb said she feels city leaders and MPD are doing their best, but it will take the entire city to make any notable difference.
“All of us play a role, but at the same token, we have to have, I would think, more treatment programs,” she said. “That would be great. Have more life coach programs.”
FOX13 asked Cobb if she still has hope after hearing yet another tragic story.
“Oh yes, I have hope because in my spirit man,” she said. “My spiritual man says it’s going to be better.”
FOX13 reached out to Memphis police to see if there was an update on the victims’ conditions, but there was not.
If you have any information that may lead to the gunmen, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.