A woman who was being interviewed on Memphis television about how to reduce crime was forced to duck as a drive-by-shooting took place across the street.
Whitehaven community leader Yolanda was about to discuss city’s plans to step up enforcement of the teenage curfew this summer.
But a spate of gunfire went off as she introduced herself to the camera which sent her and the television crew diving for cover.
The dramatic moment was caught on video and it was released by local Memphis news station ABC24.
No one was hurt in the incident and police are yet to make any arrests.
A woman who was being interviewed on Memphis television about how to reduce crime was forced to duck as a drive-by-shooting took place across the street
A spate of gunfire went off as Whitehaven community leader Yolanda introduced herself to the camera which sent her and the television crew diving for cover
In the clip, Yolanda can be seen spelling out her name before loud gunfire can be heard across the street.
She quickly ducks down and the camera is seen shaking before she tells the crew to get down immediately.
‘Get down. Just stay down and get down,’ she says.
Yolanda is then heard saying: ‘It’s okay thank you Lord Jesus. Just stay down and get down.’
She then asks the crew: ‘Are they coming back?’ The crew member is heard catching his breath and Yolanda reassures him: ‘You’re okay James
And adds: ‘Thank you Lord for the blood of Jesus that covers us. Thank you father for the blood of Jesus.’
Moments after the gunfire stopped, Yolanda gets back to her feet and says: ‘Alright, we should be alright.’
She then confirms whether it was a drive-by with a crew member who agrees.
‘Yep, you saw it? The black car,’ she said.
The incident happened at 11am in a parking lot between Whitehaven community center and Rains family park.
The shooter was targeting an apartment complex across the street and Yolanda and the crew were not harmed.
Memphis Police responded to the incident immediately but no arrests have been made yet.
Yolanda quickly ducks down and the camera is seen shaking before she tells the crew to get down immediately
The department announced in April that it would be setting out to more strictly enforce the curfew ordinance for children introduced in 1996.
It states that those under 16 and under cannot be out past 10pm between Sunday and Thursday and this extends to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
And 17-year-olds are allowed to be out an hour longer than others.
The City of Memphis issued a public service announcement on May 18 reminding parents to keep an eye on their kids.
It posted a social media video asking: ‘When it’s 10 p.m., do you know where your children are?’
Memphis Police will take kids found breaking the curfew to precincts or have their parents called to pick them up where an officer finds them.
It is not clear when the enforcement will start but it is believed it will begin around June.