From Eyewitness News of July 9, 2009
2 Criminals Shot During Jewelry Robbery in East Memphis
Two people have been shot during an attempted robbery of a jewelry vender in East Memphis.
It happened around 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2009, in the 5300 block of Poplar Avenue, outside of the Hopson Building. myEyewitnessNews.com was first on the scene, just seconds after the call went out to Memphis Police.
Police say a jewelry vender was doing business inside the building just before the shooting happened. The man told police that he had been followed by four men, but didn’t know how long they were watching him. Investigators say when the man left the building, the four suspects tried to rob him. The vendor then pulled his gun and shot two of the would be robbers, police said.
Police say the two who were shot are in critical condition. Investigators also tell myEyewitnessNews.com the jeweler, 62 year-old Stephen Fleischman was targeted by the four men. It's believed the would be robbers were following Fleischman for quite some time.
Authorities say they are searching for two Latino men in a white Ford Fusion. Surveillance cameras captured the car leaving the parking garage seconds after the shooting. The Building Manager tells myEyewitnessNews Memphis Police Investigators are working to blow up the video to get a better look at the suspects and a possible license plate number.