Cops to Citizens: Carry Guns!

( – Police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, have advised people to carry guns when going to the city’s downtown, which has seen five shootings in the past month, according to witnesses of the latest violent incident.

At the end of last week, a woman walking her dogs ended up in the middle of a family dispute along the Riverfront of Memphis downtown and was shot and wounded.

According to a couple who had gone there to get something to eat and saw the shooting, the victim remained “relatively calm” and was more worried about her two small dogs, WREG News Channel 3 reports.

“We just assured her dogs were going to be fine. The wife was applying pressure and saying, ‘I’m so sorry this happened to you. He was trying to shoot me.’ It was insane,” the woman from the couple who saw the shooting recounted.

The witness said police officers told her and her partner to carry firearms when visiting the area.

“It’s very scary, and then you’ve got police officers telling you don’t come down here without a gun. I just won’t come anymore because if you have to go somewhere with a gun, why do you go?” the woman wondered.

A week earlier, the same spot at Wagner Place and Union Avenue, near Riverside Drive, saw the shooting of a 15-year-old in the early morning hours, after which the police stumbled upon a rifle abandoned on the nearby train tracks.

Also last week, amid a Lil Baby concert, a man was shot inside the FedEx Forum, leading to the venue’s evacuation.

In another case, on August 27, a woman died, and two others were wounded in a shooting in the 300 block of South Main Street. That and the concert shooting were targeted attacks, according to the police.

In mid-August, an unknown shooter opened fire at South B.B. King and Peabody Place, wounding eight people.

The report interviewed Stephanie Brown, a local woman walking her dog in the wake of the fifth shooting in downtown Memphis who saw the police tape.

“This terrifies me. It makes me feel like I need to be protected even when I walk my dog now here in the city. This is very sad. It’s become normal. Time to get a gun,” Brown said.