Shopping center shooting caught on camera; lawsuit details history of issues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shocking new video shows the moments three teens were shot at a Memphis shopping center just a tenth of a mile away from a high school.

FOX13 obtained footage of a fight that broke out near Baskin Robbins and Little Caesars at the Balmoral Shopping Center, directly next to Ridgeway High School, on Wednesday.

The video shows a group of people standing outside the businesses when two people began fighting. Shortly after, thee gunshots can be heard.

An 18-year-old woman, a 17-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old boy were all hit in the gunfire, according to Memphis Police. Though the 17-year-old and 16-year-old were initially taken to the hospital in critical condition, they are all expected to be ok, police said.

However, according to a lawsuit filed against the City of Memphis and the Shelby County Board of Education by the Balmoral Shopping Center on Nov. 29, this is far from the first time the business has had issues like this and the shopping center blames overcrowding by students and parents of nearby Ridgeway High School.

According to court records obtained by FOX13, The Balmoral Shopping Center claims that the pick-up and drop-off of students overcrowd the shopping center to the point that neither customers nor emergency vehicles can enter the businesses.

Calls from the Balmoral Shopping Center to the City of Memphis, Memphis Police, and Shelby County Board of Education to fix the years-long problem have gone unanswered, according to court records filed by the shopping center.

And all of that traffic leads to violence, according to the Balmoral Shopping Center. The shopping center’s lawsuit against the city and the board of education claims that another violent fight occurred near Little Caesars, the same area where the three teens were shot, just days after the lawsuit was filed on Nov. 29, 2021.

“The person who was ganged up upon by other students and suffered a ‘beat down’ has threatened to return to use a weapon to damage the tenants and their property,” the lawsuit reads.

A major step in keeping this issue from happening, according to the Balmoral Shopping Center, would be if the City of Memphis and Shelby County Schools took action to ensure students were safely picked up and dropped off at Ridgeway High School, steps which the shopping center said have not been taken despite the years of issues.