(WMC-TV) - Memphis police are investigating an overnight shooting at a Whitehaven apartment complex leaving two teens critically injured.
The place is gated, and there is security that runs off media as soon as a truck pulls on property. But neighbors want to know why the complex cannot keep out the violence.
On Finley Road in Whitehaven, Edmund Willie Horne holds onto his grandchildren – especially across the street from the Peppertree Apartments
"Because I'm gonna tell you, that's the craziest place in the world over there," he said. "I'm scared to have these kids out here because you don't know when they're gonna shoot somebody."
His house had one bullet whizz through already.
Two teens shot in the complex Thursday night are the latest victims in an ongoing string of violence.
By e-mail, a Memphis Police Department spokeswoman said:
"The Peppertree Apartments is definitely a big concern for our department. The complex has had its share of problems and our officers are up to the task to address them."
City councilman Harold Collins represents this district. He said he hopes the DA's office shuts down Peppertree as a public nuisance because the atmosphere is contrary to the rest of Whitehaven.
"If we could get the ownership group to recognize that and do something about it, we'd be much better off," he said.
One other option is a nonprofit dedicated to making apartment living better. It is called SAFEWAYS.
"If it doesn't look good, they don't care," said Julaine Harris with SAFEWAYS.
She says Peppertree would make an interesting test case, but the initiative is not mandatory for problem properties.
"They have the ability to be and say, 'Yes, we'd like to go ahead and take part in this.'"
Until something happens, Horne is forced to hold his own home down that he has had for more than six years – even if he cannot hold down his tongue.
"Had I known about Peppertree then there's no way in h--- I'd a bought this house. Oh excuse me," he said.
The Peppertree office did not return calls for comment.
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