February 15, 2024

USA: 20yo Who Was Out On Bond For First Degree Murder And Especially Aggravated Robbery Went On A Shooting Spree Across Memphis On Sunday That Left One Man Dead And Others Injured.

UPDATE 2/16/24 at 7:50pm: Added video below.

WREG News Channel published February 15, 2024: ‘Take the city back’: Memphians, tired of crime, look to leaders for action. This week, WREG Investigators have been digging deeper into the crime hurting Memphis. We end our series with a vital question — How do we fix it?

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FOX13 Memphis published February 11, 2024: Suspect in custody after shooting spree across Memphis left man dead, others injured, police say. A man suspected of a shooting spree across Memphis on Sunday that left one man dead and others injured has been captured, police said.
WREG News Channel published February 12, 2024: Bond revoked for suspect in Sunday crime spree.
WREG News Channel published February 13, 2024: Crime spree suspect’s mom says there’s more to story; attorney asks for mental evaluation. An attorney for Courdarion Craft, the man accused in a deadly weekend crime spree and citywide manhunt, asked for a mental evaluation for his client Tuesday.
My gosh you have to listen to what his mother said. Her son terrorized the entire city and she says "but there's more to the story." What? (emphasis mine)
FOX13 Memphis published February 14, 2024: Man charged with deadly crime spree ordered to undergo metal evaluation. “My son is not that type of person, and I’m sorry for everything that happened to all the other people. It’s more to the story, and when everything gets out, they’ll understand what’s going on,” his mother said.
Fox13 News, Memphis, TN local
written by Staff
Sunday February 11, 2024

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A man suspected of a shooting spree across Memphis Sunday that left one man dead and others injured has been captured, police said.

The man was identified as Courdarion Craft, 20, who was out on bond for criminal attempt first-degree murder and criminal attempt especially aggravated robbery, according to the Memphis Police Department (MPD).

His new charges include first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, carjacking, two counts of aggravated child abuse, evading arrest-felony and evading arrest-misdemeanor. Police say more charges may be made as detectives continue investigating.

The shooting spree prompted an hours-long citywide manhunt.

Craft was taken into custody just before 3:45 p.m. Sunday in the 5300 block of Haleville Road in Whitehaven, police said.

MPD said it all started after officers responded just after 10 a.m. Sunday to a carjacking on the 3700 block of East Shelby Drive, where a blue Nissan Maxima was taken. Police said that the carjacking is connected to other crime scenes, including:
  • 3834 block of East Shelby Drive, where one man was found shot to death;
  • 3539 Pilot Drive, where shots were fired but no reported injuries
  • 3575 Commerce Circle, where two women were shot (one critical, the other non-critical) and a child was bitten by a dog
The shooting on Pilot Drive was at Church of Eden. MPD said that a man fired a shot and busted a window of the building after not being let inside.

In a statement, MPD's interim police chief C.J. Davis called the shootings "senseless acts of violence."

Memphis Police and other agencies went on a manhunt Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, for a gunman suspected of a shooting spree that left one man dead and two women shot.

"My heart aches for the victim's families and those affected by these senseless acts of violence," Davis said in the statement. "Through the hard work and swift action of Memphis Police Officers, additional incidents were undoubtedly prevented."

Police said the manhunt involved local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Late Sunday, the Shelby County District Attorney's Office released about the alleged shooting spree, calling it "shocking" and "deplorable." Read the full statement below:

"The shootings today are shocking and deplorable. Memphis Police Department has the alleged shooter in custody, where he belongs. We will seek to revoke all bonds posted for him tomorrow morning and will expedite all of his charges. We are determined to ensure that he remains in jail.

Regarding his previous charge, a Criminal Court Judge set the bond without our office's involvement. We believe that he should be held without bail, and are committed to expeditiously pursuing these cases."

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