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Armed victim defends himself from attempted carjacking at Memphis gas station

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A dramatic shootout unfolded during an attempted carjacking at a BP gas station on East Shelby Drive in Hickory Hill on Sunday night, July 7, 2024. Surveillance video released by Memphis Police shows the tense moments leading up to the exchange of gunfire between the victim and the suspects.

According to the Memphis Police Department, officers responded to the scene at 5925 East Shelby Drive at approximately 9:33 p.m. The victim, who had entered the BP gas station to purchase food, was returning to his parked Dodge Charger when he was confronted by an armed suspect. Surveillance footage shows three suspects in his vehicle, a silver Chevy Impala, with one of them standing outside the passenger side eating a plate of food. The driver, seen wearing a backpack, exits the car and what appears to be a stockless AK-47-style firearm, possibly a Draco, is seen.

The suspect pointed the firearm at the victim and demanded his car keys and vehicle. However, the victim quickly pulled his own gun from his hip and fired up to six shots at the suspect. The suspect retaliated and fired up to 25 shots at the victim, according to police reports.

The suspect then retreated to the Impala and fled the scene with two accomplices who were inside the vehicle. The victim, injured in the exchange, managed to get back into his Dodge Charger and flee.

The victim then flagged down an officer after being involved in an accident. He was found to have suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not serious. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

While this ended without any serious harm to the victim, it serves as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for self-defense situations. The ability to defend yourself, as demonstrated in this incident, can be crucial in potentially life-threatening situations. The Memphis Police Department continues to investigate the incident and no arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information regarding the suspects or the attempted carjacking is urged to contact Memphis Police.

This is a developing story. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.