• Boyfriend and girlfriend shot while sleeping in their Memphis apartment

    By: Alexa Lorenzo

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    EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An investigation is underway after two people were shot inside their southeast Memphis apartment.

    The shooting happened just before 4 a.m. in the 6800 block of Birch Lake Drive. This location is part of the Waterview Apartment Homes.

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    Police confirmed two people were shot. Family members said both victims had to have surgery.

    Police said a man was shot in the left side of his forehead. A woman was shot in the back.

    Both victims were transported from the scene in critical condition.

    That family member also told FOX13 the victims are boyfriend and girlfriend, and they have been dating for a few years.

    Police and family said the couple was sleeping on a matress in the living room when shots were fired from outside the home. They jumped off the matress and crawled back towards a bedroom to hide until the gunfire stopped -- and at that point both victims realized they had been shot, according to MPD documents.


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    “She called us. Told us to get over here fast,” said Charlotte Osborn, the female victim’s sister. “She was screaming and hollering, so we all just got up and got in our car.”

    A minor was also inside the apartment. He was asleep in a back bedroom and was woken up by the gunfire.

    The boy was not injured, and he told police he didn't see or hear anything unusual leading up to the shooting.

    “They are very blessed," said Osborn. "When I walked in the room to talk to him I told him, ‘I’m glad to see that smile on your face.’”

    A witness told investigators she heard gunfire, looked out her window and saw a vehicle driving off, according to the police report.

    The glass door leading into the couple's living room was completely shot out. Police said they found several shell casings on the scene.

    Investigators are working to determine what led to the shooting. Police do not have any suspect informatoin at this time.

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