MEMPHIS, TN Jan 22 2012– Residents at a North Memphis apartment complex said they feel unprotected Saturday night after both of their security guards were ambushed at gunpoint.
“I stay in the house,” said Victory Butler. “I let my kids come out and play and that’s that.”
Butler said it was a mostly quiet evening Friday at The Village apartments off Jackson Avenue as she watched her children play in the courtyard.
“We were sitting on the porch and the security guard walked passed and he was talking and all that and that was about seven or eight,” she said.
But around three o’clock Saturday morning, gunshots rang out in the back of the complex
Police say two security guards were sitting in a parked car when two men armed with handguns approached the vehicle and shot the security guard sitting in the driver’s seat. One of the men opened the door and police say he aimed his gun at the second security guard, but the guard fired back. Police say the suspect fell to the ground, but they’re not sure if he was wounded.
The security guard who was shot was transported to the MED in critical condition and police say the suspects fled in a dark colored vehicle.
Brenda Davis, a resident of the complex, said she moved to the complex less than a year ago and this is the second shooting that she’s aware of. Davis said when the guards who are in place to protect residents become victims, she knows it’s time to go.
“When I first moved over here I felt safe, but now I’m going to move,” she said. “I’m not going to stay here.”