Louis Martin of Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken said Memphis police deserve a pat on the back after they arrested two men who allegedly shot two people inside a car in front of his restaurant on Saturday.
Unfortunately, Uncle Lou's name has been attached to the weekend double shooting simply because of the location of the incident. It took place in the strip mall where his famous restaurant is located.
Police made quick work after a man and woman were shot inside their car, that crashed into a pole in the shopping center. Martin noticed police cleared the scene in two hours and made a pair of arrests.
"I try to convey to all the ones that walk around this area," he said. "Police are on our side, not the bad guys. As unfortunate as it was, you know I would like to give thanks to MPD. They showed up in a timely manner, very professional, very understanding."
Twenty-year-old Devon Carlock has been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and his alleged accomplice Dante Hence, 23, was charged with two counts of facilitation of a felony in connection with Saturday's double shooting.
Carlock and Hence approached the victims inside their car and when they tried to drive away, Carlock shot both of them.
Surveillance video recorded the shooting from the front of the building. Surveillance video likely helped capture the suspects.
Martin recalls he caught the tail end of the commotion, as the red Neon crashed into the pole across the street. About 20 people, customers and staff, were inside Uncle Lou's at the time of the shooting.
"Everything you turn on TV, got something to do with a rogue officer or something like that," Martin said, "Always bad, but they have jobs to do, and I think they did an excellent job, but you seldom hear people say 'good job MPD.'"
Martin also credits the community for stepping up to help the investigation.
Both victims were taken to The MED for treatment. The female victim is listed in non-critical condition but the male victim remains in critical.
During his 12 years in Whitehaven, Martin said he has never seen anything like this before, but he's grateful when chaos struck, Memphis police were there to get the job done.
"People, they're more understanding which is iIguess kind of a good thing and kind of not a good thing, because you should never get use to that," Martin said. "I guess in our day and it's time it's kind of like what happens, you know?