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Published on June 13, 2024
Memphis Nightmare: Father and Kids Shot in Daylight Interstate Rampage, Suspects' Bond Revoked Amid OutcrySource: Shelby County Sheriff

In what unfolded as a harrowing episode of violence on a Memphis interstate, a father and four young children were left fighting for their lives following a brazen daylight shooting. The Shelby County District Attorney's Office announced a motion to revoke the bond for the accused, Kendrick Ray, who was out on a previous bond at the time of the incident. According to WREG, District Attorney Steve Mulroy expressed intentions to have Ray held without bond, emphasizing the gravity of the crime.

On June 12, both Ray, 21, and another suspect, 18-year-old Lorenzo Watson, were taken into custody after allegedly firing multiple shots into a family's vehicle on I-240, critically wounding the occupants, including two 3-year-old twins, a 2-year-old, and an 8-year-old. The father of the children also sustained critical injuries. All of the victims were transported by a personal vehicle to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, and the children were later moved to other facilities, as stated by USA Today.

Following a high-speed pursuit that took place after the shooting the suspects were apprehended after the Mitsubishi Outlander they were in, crashed. Ray faces charges including attempted first-degree murder, employment of a firearm during the commission, of a dangerous felony, and carjacking, flagged by a pending case involving an alleged assault on June 3. This earlier altercation left a woman shot as she attempted to fend off the assailants during a carjacking, details of which were shared by FOX13 Memphis.

The suspects' alleged criminal activities have notably escalated, Watson, the younger defendant, has been charged with similar offenses, including multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony. Another violent incident linked to the pair involved a car chase with a black Chevrolet Cobalt where a suspect, from a different case, was accused of firing multiple shots at another vehicle the night before, though the victim, in that case, was not injured.

The Memphis community has been rattled by the level of violence, as witnesses expressed their shock at the severity and boldness of the attack during a chaotic rush hour. "We saw the helicopter flying. Next thing we know, police are flying down Range Line (Road). We come out front and see the car down here in the ditch, then police and state troopers come from everywhere", a witness named Johnny Malone said, as per FOX13. Both suspects are currently detained and await further legal proceedings as the justice system grapples, with the aftermath of the interstate shooting tragedy.