A Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a teenager who was shot in the leg during Downtown Memphis' Fourth of July festivities Thursday evening.
Eighteen-year-old Tashun Jenkins is charged with connection the that shooting. Police say he fired several shots into a crowd.
An errant bullet hit the 13-year-old in the leg.
"One had a revolver and one had a semi-automatic and they were shooting into the crowd," said a man who rushed to help. He did not want to be identified for our story.
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For most of the thousands who gathered downtown to see the Fourth of July fireworks at Mud Island, they saw crowded streets and police with a lot of blue lights. That, witnesses say, is to be expected. What was not expected was gunfire.
"We had lots of friends over - children. And, all of the sudden, we hear a 'pow-pow-pow,'" said one person.
"We said it was not what sounded like fireworks," said another witness. "We looked down and we see a group of people start running. A couple of cars pull out and all of the sudden, someone is being carted away on another man's shoulders."
That man, who was carrying away what turned out to be the 13-year-old, was an off-duty paramedic, who came to see the show with his family. He responded almost by instinct to the shooting victim, once he made sure his own family was safe.
"I cleaned up the wound, put pressure on it, put him on my shoulder and walked to Riverside Drive, then north to Beale Street, where we were met by the police," the unidentified Good Samaritan said.
The teen was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in non-critical condition, with a bullet wound to the leg.
A couple of hours after the first shooting, there was another in front of Waterford Place. Police say that shooting victim also was shot in the leg.
"I love it down here," said one person. "Would not live anywhere else in Memphis, and, so, it makes me really sad to see what happened last night."
Jenkins was charged with aggravated assault and his bond was set at $150,000. According to the affidavit of complaint, witnesses gave police a description of Jenkins, who admitted he was in the park at the time of the shooting. He also tested positive for gunshot residue.
"One of them did not even turn around to shoot. One was walking backwards. One with the semi-automatic was walking backwards shooting into the crowd. The other just had his hand behind his back, not even looking. And to charge the guy with aggravated assault is reckless to the public. I feel like the police protect the criminals. And they wonder what the problem is."
Jenkins is scheduled to make his first appearance in Shelby County General Sessions Court Monday morning, July 8.
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