DA: 4 indicted in South Memphis drive-by shootings; other suspect found shot dead in car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people have been indicted on multiple felony charges after two drive-by shootings in South Memphis, according to the Shelby County District Attorney.

An elderly woman, a 2-year-old girl and two others were critically wounded in the shootings.

The shootings happened hours apart on June 8, 2020, in the 1500 block of E. McLemore.

Police recovered 130 spent shell casings from the scene, the release said.

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A 70-year-old woman was shot in both legs.nAccording to the release, the toddler was shot in the leg; a 24-year-old man was hit three times in the back and another man, 26, was shot in the leg.

The shootings were captured on a porch camera at the home. The video showed the suspects drive up in a silver Mercedes and black Mercedes G Wagon. A black Mercedes sedan was also involved in the second shooting, the release said. The men stepped out of the cars armed with handguns and rifles and fired multiple rounds at the home.

People on the front porch ran for cover, the release said.

A grand jury indicted brothers Jerrell Anderson Jr., 30, and Jerry Anderson, 28, Jaylon Hatch, 22, and Mitchell Hopkins, 25, on multiple felony counts, including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Hopkins, accompanied by his mother, was taken into custody at 201 Poplar this week after a visit to his mother’s home by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and by the Fugitive Apprehension Team of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. the release said.

Another suspect believed to be involved the attack was found shot to death along with another man on Aug. 14, 2020, in a car parked in the 4300 block of Falcon Drive in the Westwood area of southwest Memphis.

The four-defendant drive-by case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Forrest Edwards of the District Attorney’s Vertical Prosecution Team 3 which handles cases in General Sessions Division 11 and in Criminal Court Division 3.

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