Man shoots up apartments, gets flat tire while fleeing from cops, police say

Memphis, Tenn. — A Memphis man’s time on the run was short lived, thanks to a flat tire, according to Memphis Police.

Memphis Police said 23-year-old James Thornton drove by an apartment building at 755 Decatur St. on Wednesday and opened fire, leaving 19 shell casings.

One juvenile boy was hit by the gunfire in his right calf and was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in non-critical condition, police said.

After the drive-by, police said Thornton took off in a white Camaro, fleeing from an officer who was in the area and heard the gunshots.

While running from police, Thornton hit a curb at TM Henderson and Danny Thomas and got a flat tire, according to a police affidavit.

Police reported seeing Thornton run from the car and stash a black AR style rifle under a nearby car.

MPD arrested Thornton and discovered the Camaro to be stolen, according to the affidavit.

Thornton, already a convicted felon who had served time in 2019 for being a felon in possession of a handgun according to police, now faces two counts of aggravated assault, one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, count of of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of evading arrest.