If I was a black person I would want Steve Cohen in congress. He has done more for the black people than he has ever done for white people. I don't know him personally but Willie Harrington will not help the blacks as much as they think he will. The only person he will help is himself as he always has done. Memphis has more crime now, bankrupted, less income over this 16 years period sense Willie Harrington has been in office. The pyramid, fairgrounds. coliseum and more are all now closed and their getting ready to close some our city owned golf courses. The golf courses are the only thing making a profit for Memphis. I think the guy is crazy.
AND BEAL STREET WILL NOT ALLOW US TO CARRY OUR GUNS FOR PROTECTION, PEOPLE WITH PERMITS AND LAW ABIDING CITIZENS.
WE MUST PROTECT OURSELVES SOMEWAY.
Deadly 4th of July Weekend in Memphis
Police investigating 5 homicides, several other shootings
8:57 PM CDT, July 5, 2009
Multiple shooting calls keep Memphis Police busy
At least 5 people were killed
One shooting involved several juveniles outside a busy Beale Street club
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) - The 4th of July holiday weekend was a busy one for the Memphis Police Department. Officers responded to several shootings across the city, five of them fatal.
It all began just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning, when officers were called to a shooting on Mosby Avenue near Alabama Avenue. There, they found 3 shooting victims. Two of them were not seriously injured, but the third victim, 18-year old Kawanda Wainwright, was taken to the hospital, where she died. Police have identified a possible suspect in the case, but no charges have been filed.
Then, around 2:30 a.m., officers were called to another shooting, this one on East Holmes Road. Officers found one victim with a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police haven't released his identity, and they do not have any suspects.
Later, around 1:00 p.m., as many families gathered for 4th of July celebrations, officers were called to St. Francis Hospital, where a victim showed up with unknown injuries. Hospital officials say the victim died from those injuries. A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was possibly involved in an earlier call on Litcherman in Hickory Hill. No suspects have been identified.
About an hour later, officers responded to another shooting call, this one on West Raines Road. There, they found 43-year old Charlie Jones, Jr., suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. Police have no suspects in this case.
Then, around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, another shooting call came in. This one happened on Christopher Avenue. There, officers discovered 2 shooting victims, 57-year old James C. Balentine, and his 24-year old son, James A. Balentine. The elder Balentine died from his injuries. Police believe this shooting stemmed from an argument with a third person. Police are now looking for that person.
The evening ended with two multiple shooting calls. One downtown, on Beale Street. The other, in south Memphis, on Alston Avenue.
The Beale Street shooting took place outside the Plush Club and involved at least 5 juveniles. 3 of the victims were taken to the hospital, with non-life threatening injuries. 2 others were treated at the scene. Police don't have any suspects in this case.
The Alston Avenue shooting injured 3 people, all juveniles. All 3 were taken to the hospital, 2 of them have since been released. Police have 2 possible suspects in this case. One may have been in a dark color Buick, the other on a motorcycle.
If you have any information about these crimes, give Crime Stoppers a call. Their number is 528-CASH
By Joe Boone
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