Memphis sees increase in crime despite pandemic, Rallings says

WATCH: Police continue to investigate 32nd interstate shooting of the year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A driver is recovering after the 32nd interstate shooting this year.

It happened on Interstate 40 near Sycamore View and Whitten Rd.

Memphis Police said witnesses saw two vehicles, a Chevy Impala and a Jeep, driving down the interstate with people shooting from both cars at one another.

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They added that there was heavy traffic during the shooting.

The driver of an Infiniti was shot and took an exit to the Shell station on Germantown Parkway.

Customers at the Shell gas station on said they were in disbelief after hearing about a shootout on I-40 a day earlier.

“I’m sorry to hear that, man,” said Dedrick Standback while at the gas station. “I guess it’s just getting bad everywhere.”

Police said they were still looking for answers and the shooter.

“We’ll continue to reach out to the Tennessee Highway Patrol and continue to staff the interstate,” said Mike Rallings, Memphis Police Director.

The man was taken to Regional One and was expected to be okay.

Rallings said although we’re in the middle of a pandemic, Memphis and some surrounding areas saw an increase in crime.

“Homicides are up 27% year to date and 50% month to date,” Rallings said. “I’m not only concerned on what’s going on on the interstates, I’m concerned about the increase in robberies of businesses, aggravated assaults, domestic violence and theft of vehicles.”

People in the community said they were thankful nobody else was injured.

“I don’t even know what to say about crime,” Standback said. “All I know is I need to stay out the way and in the house where it’s safe.”

The victim in the shooting has not been identified.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.