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Olive Branch man follows, shoots mother's carjacker

Discussion in 'Volunteer Glockers' started by SouthernGal, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. SouthernGal

    SouthernGal What's Up Dox?

    Jun 18, 2004
    NW MS

    'I got angry,' says Olive Branch man who followed, shot mother's carjacker
    By Toni Lepeska (Contact)
    Thomas Busler/The Commercial Appeal
    Tuesday, October 30, 2007

    A man who said he was leery of crime in his Olive Branch neighborhood chased down and shot a carjacking suspect Monday after discovering a man pointing a shotgun at his 71-year-old mother's head.

    The suspect, David Andre Bates, 18, of 6946 Bordeaux in Memphis, was charged with armed carjacking. Bond was set at $150,000.

    And authorities were weighing the possibility of charges against Keith Gray, who shot Bates in the leg after a dramatic chase along State Line Road.

    Bates was taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. The carjacking victim, Bobbie Gray, was shaken but not injured.

    "I was scared," Keith Gray said as he recalled how events unfolded.

    Gray said he was watching television about 1:30 p.m. when he heard his mother scream.

    Figuring she'd fallen while unloading groceries from her trip to the store, he hurried to the garage, where he saw the man with the shotgun and his mother at the man's whim.

    He wanted to approach his mother and rescue her, but Gray was unarmed at the time and therefore restrained himself. He was afraid the assailant would shoot his mother.

    Then the man jumped in his mother's car, a silver Marquis.

    "Once she got away from him, I got angry," said Gray, who is in his 40s.

    Gray jumped into his black Maxima, where his 40-caliber Glock was located, and chased after the suspect fleeing the home in Plantation Lakes, just south of the Tennessee state line.

    Gray, who said he has a gun permit, caught up with the Marquis on the Tennessee side of State Line Road near Millers Glen Way. He fired into his mother's car after the driver pointed the shotgun at him.

    "Lucky I shot 150 practice rounds this weekend," Gray said hours after the carjacking at his and his mother's home in the 9100 block of Hickory Drive. "I hit the car all three times."

    One shot shattered the driver's side door glass. With the car still moving, the suspect hurried out the passenger side door. Gray whipped his car into park and ordered the man to drop to the pavement.

    "My intent was to have him so the police could get him," Gray said.

    The man dropped to the pavement, according to police, but he didn't stay down. That's when Gray shot him in the leg.

    "He got up and started coming toward me," Gray said.

    One of the bullets fired during the chase apparently also hit the suspect, Olive Branch police Maj. Don Gammage said. It got him in the thigh.

    No police were involved in the chase, but they quickly arrived and took control of the suspect.

    Investigators were sympathetic to Gray's emotional state, caused by seeing a gun at his mother's head, but weren't eliminating the possibility that he could be charged with a crime for taking the law into his own hands.

    "Anyone could understand the fear of his mom having a shotgun put to her head," said Steve Schular, spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, which was investigating the shooting aspect of the event.

    One thing to consider regarding charges against Gray, Schular said, was that the suspect was unarmed at the time of the shooting. He had left the shotgun in the car.

    Schular said investigators also must consider if it is significant that Gray has a Mississippi gun permit but the shooting was in Tennessee.

    Gray, whose family has lived in Plantation Lakes for seven years, said he has been the victim of crime.

    "A while back," he said, his truck was broken into and CDs taken. And several months ago, the door to a neighbor's home was kicked in, and Gray met Gammage, who was investigating the incident.

    Gray said he was intent on not letting the carjacking suspect get away, so he went after him.

    Gray's brother, Lance Gray, alluded to the fact people can't feel completely safe, even in a city like Olive Branch, where the low crime rate is a badge of pride.

    "It's everywhere," Lance Gray said. "I work for Memphis fire. It's across state lines and everywhere. You can't run from it."

    -- Toni Lepeska: (662) 996-1409


    Carjacking victim's son not charged with shooting

    By Toni Lepeska (Contact)
    Originally published 12:28 p.m., October 30, 2007
    Updated 12:28 p.m., October 30, 2007

    Authorities have decided not to press criminal charges against an Olive Branch man who captured then shot a suspect in his 71-year-old mother's carjacking.

    Maj. Don Gammage of the Olive Branch Police Department said Tuesday morning he had been notified by the Shelby County District Attorney's office that no charges would be filed against Keith Gray.

    Gray shot the suspect, David Andre Bates, 18, of Memphis, after an assailant held a shotgun to the head of Gray's 71-year-old mother, Bobbie Gray, and took her car from the garage of the Gray home in Plantation Lakes.

    Gray, in his own car, pursued the suspect driving his mother's car. Gray caught up with the suspect just inside Tennessee, and Gray said the driver pointed a shotgun at him. Gray sprayed the car with bullets.

    After the suspect got out of the car, Gray shot him in the leg because Gray said the suspect got up and came toward him.

    The crime became an emotionally charged issue with the public. A number of people called and wrote the media and police in support of Gray.

    "We have received some calls this morning from people voicing their concern," Gammage said. "It's a very sensitive issue."


    Nice to see Bill Gibbons is once again making wise decisions concerning citizens fighting back against crime.


  2. SouthernGal

    SouthernGal What's Up Dox?

    Jun 18, 2004
    NW MS
    The people here are fed up with crime coming south from Memphis. We're madder than hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
  3. ConqSoft


    Aug 8, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    Yet he chose to keep his Glock in his car. A smart one, that guy is.
  4. SouthernGal

    SouthernGal What's Up Dox?

    Jun 18, 2004
    NW MS
    I think the only reason it was still in his car was because he was only "visiting" his parent's house when this incident took place. Thanks to the crime rate in this area, I don't let my pistol "live" in my car, although it is legal to keep one in your vehicle without a permit in MS.
  5. ConqSoft


    Aug 8, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    My Glock stays on my person, or within my reach, any and all times that it can legally be kept there.