A 28-year-old man in the middle of repossessing a vehicle at the Raleigh Village Apartments Friday morning was critically shot by the vehicle's owner, Memphis police said.
The Recovery Solution employee was shot at around 7 a.m. in the 5000 block of Yale, but the shooting victim was found by responders in the 2500 block of Arsenal.
The repo man spotted a 1995 Nissan Maxima, that was running with the keys in it unoccupied in the driveway of 5018 Yale, police said.
The victim got into the vehicle and attempted to repossess the Maxima when he was approached by a female who questioned why he was in her car, a police report said. The female then jumped on the hood of the car and the victim attempted to drive off. During the commotion, the female's husband and another male heard screaming from outside.
Both males went outside at which time, the husband shot towards the vehicle and struck the victim, police said.
"When I woke up I heard gunshots this morning," said Trell Williams, who lives in the neighborhood. "So I looked out the window, I saw a girl laying on the ground and two other guys trying to pick her up and another car speeding off."
The victim drove away after getting shot and managed to stop at a nearby church to call 9-1-1.
The victim was transported in critical condition to The MED.
Police detained two men in connection with the shooting, which remains under investigation.
No criminal charges have been filed, police said.
"That's just bad right there," Williams said. "He had no business getting shot over that. That's his job."
"In some of these communities, the apartment owners are pulling cars of drug dealers, gang members, that aren't supposed to be there," said local activist David Upton. "In some parts of the city it can be very dangerous."
Upton said MPD is not making the job any easier. Drivers have to call dispatch before every tow. The towers are sometimes put on hold for sometimes 30 minutes while they run these investigations. "That's what's making it more dangerous," Upton said.
Upton is working with Memphis City Council to change the way the towing process is carried out.