‘It’s a state of emergency,’ councilwoman says after recent violence in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people are dead after seven shootings in nine hours across Memphis.

Memphis Councilwoman Patrice Robinson is calling this a state of emergency across the city.

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“It’s a state of emergency not just in Memphis but all over the United States but it is a state of emergency but it’s not much you can do when your laws allow people to walk around with guns,” Robinson said.

Officers at precincts across the city said most of the people committing the majority of the crimes are between the ages of 15 to 25 years old. That’s why they’re teaching conflict resolution in neighborhoods, at churches and community centers.

FOX3 visited the 2300 block of Orleans where one of the deadly shootings happened Wednesday morning.

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Col. Mickey Williams with Raines Station in Whitehaven says it appears the man that died in that shooting on Orleans was the intended target.  He says that’s the case in most of the shootings that happened this year.

“Instead of talking things out, they turn to gun violence and that’s where we need to have social service agencies intervene,” said Williams.