Man charged in shooting after girlfriend sets up fake date through dating app, records show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is behind bars after Memphis police say he shot a man after the victim was set up through a dating app.

Records show a man went to meet a woman he met online at a local apartment complex in Whitehaven on June 12, 2020.

When he arrived, the woman reportedly stalled him and kept him from leaving.

The woman went to a breezeway of a building out of the man’s view.

When she got into his car, an unknown man ran up to the driver’s side door with a gun and said, “Don’t move big bruh,” according to an affidavit.

The victim believed he was being robbed, so he tried to accelerate and drive away.

His vehicle got stuck between two other vehicles.

The gunman, identified as Deshawn Jones, shot the victim four times, hitting him in the back, records show.

The victim said he saw Jones at the back of the vehicle motioning for the woman to get out and saying,”Come on, let’s go.”

The woman was unable to get out of the car because the door was jammed.

She eventually jumped from the vehicle when the victim made it to the entrance gate, records show.

The victim flagged down police and was taken to Regional One in critical condition.

He spent several days in ICU for a bullet wound to the back.

The victim spoke with police about the dating app he met the woman on.

Jones, 23, is reportedly the gunman’s girlfriend, records show.

Jones is charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder and other crimes.