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Video: Drive-by shooting on camera as news crew interviews about crime

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May 24, 2023

A drive-by shooting was caught on camera on Tuesday in Memphis, Tennessee.

An ABC 24 news crew was interviewing a local community leader about crime solutions when more than a dozen gunshots rang out. The community leader, who identified herself as Yolanda, took cover while urging the ABC 24 crew to do the same.

“Get down. Just stay down and get down,” Yolanda says calmly in the video. “It’s ok. Thank you Lord Jesus. Just stay down and get down. You’re ok. Thank you Lord for the blood of Jesus that covers us. Thank you Father for the blood of Jesus.”

Yolanda continues to pray while comforting the the news crew.

After the shooting ends, Yolanda stands up and says, “Alright, we should be alright.”

“Drive by?” she adds casually. “Yep, you saw it? The black car.”

ABC 24 wrote on their website that “thankfully everyone was ok” in the wake of the shooting.

“Our crew was interviewing a Whitehaven community leader when shots rang out from across the street,” ABC 24 said.

Earlier this year, a Memphis police officer was shot in the head and another person was fatally shot outside of a library.

The shooting in front of the Poplar-White State Library in East Memphis left the officer in critical condition.

“According to initial reports, as the two officers attempted to talk to the individual he produced a weapon and shot one of the officers,” a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said. 

“The second officer returned fire, striking the individual,” it said. “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.