21-year-old Cortez Blocker was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony after reportedly firing upon three others after accusing a man of stealing money from him.
On November 27th, Memphis Police Officers responded to a shooting at 5669 Myers Road where Sophia Woodall-Hughes advised that Cortez Blocker started shooting at her and her husband, Charles “CJ” Hughes. Per Sophia’s account, the dispute began over Cortez’s accusation of Charles stealing money from him. An altercation ensued when Cortez went inside his residence and retrieved a handgun.
Per the account of Tracey Herrod, a neighbor who was watching in the front yard, Cortez come out of his house and fire shots at all three of them. Charles’ right eye was grazed in the shooting. Per Cortez’s account, Charles fired at him first, and he only fired in self-defense. Upon investigating the area, officers reportedly found five spent 9mm shell casings and one live round in the driveway. Per the affidavit, he also told officers that he had his black Smith & Wesson handgun in his home. Charles refused medical attention, and all parties were taken into custody for questioning. All three parties were able to identify Cortez in a six-person lineup as the shooter. Cortez reportedly waived his Miranda rights and admitted to firing at the other three parties.
Cortez Blocker was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $150,000 bond.