MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A trip to downtown Memphis almost became fatal for two young women.
The two were trying to park near Beale Street, when police said someone fired at least 10 shots in their car.
Fortunately, 19-year-old Carolyn Baldwin escaped the scene unscathed. But a bullet hit her cousin, Cassandra Brown, 20, in the back of the head. Her family says she is on life support.
“It was a disaster, it was scary. I was scared, ”Baldwin said. “And the girl who got shot was my cousin.”
What was supposed to be a back-to-class party on Beale Street for Baldwin and Brown quickly turned chaotic.
“The first shot went out the window, so I ducked out, and I was telling him to bend down and it was like more than 10 shots in our car,” Baldwin said.
Balwin said they were trying to park on Pontotoc Avenue near BB King Boulevard. when someone pulled into his car.
She said her cousin, who was driving, was hit in the back of the head. Seconds later, they crashed into a nearby ditch.
“I looked up and just saw blood coming out of his head and when I saw that we were destroying,” she said.
Memphis police rushed to the scene and helped the two men out of the car.
Baldwin was not injured, but crews transported his cousin to hospital in critical condition.
On Wednesday, Baldwin said she was still unresponsive and was on life support.
“I saw videos of her moving her hand and bawling her fist,” she said. “It’s not even that. I know she will be fine. It replayed in my head, and I must have seen my own cousin get shot in the head for no reason.
Baldwin did not see who the shooter was. She says she is lucky to be alive.
And now she clings to the hope that her cousin Cassandra will recover.
“She’s going to recover,” Baldwin said. “And when she recovers, I can’t say all that. But we’re going to do what we had to do on Beale Street but in the house. We’re going to be safer, and we’re going to be in the house.
The police did not disclose any information about a motive or a suspect.
If you have any information or know who is responsible, call the Memphis Police.
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