MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Two people have been released from Regional Health (ROH) Medical Center in Memphis after a shooting on the interstate on I-55 early Monday morning.
A third person, who is under investigation, is still recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash after the shooting.
This makes the interstate shooting the 17th of the year for the city of Memphis.
In the same period last year, this number was 10 people.
It specifically happened around 1:00 a.m. just north of the East Shelby Drive exit.
According to Memphis police, 28-year-old Demetrius James and 32-year-old Courtney Williams, both of Memphis, were driving northbound when “multiple shots were fired.”
The Nissan Altima both crashed and ended up in the middle of the interstate.
Following them was Sue Oglesby, 39, of Horn Lake.
Police records tell us Oglesby pulled over to check on James and Williams and was shot in the leg.
His car was also left in the middle of the road after taking it to the ROAD.
He is one of the two people who were later released.
2022 was a down year for interstate shootings compared to recent years.
That year’s total was 92, down 24 percent from 2021’s 121.
The Memphis Police Department would not tell Action News 5 how many officers patrol Memphis highways.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol wouldn’t say either, but confirmed that additional troopers have been sent to the Memphis area over the past few months.
They hope to recruit additional officers across the country to combat the problem.
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In the Memphis area, an open house will be held for interested candidates on Thursday, February 23, at the THP station at 6348 Summer Ave.
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