10 Shot On Mother’s Day In Memphis

first-48-crime-sceneSome are calling for tougher gun laws after ten people were shot in Memphis in the early morning hours of Mother’s Day.

“Right now if a guy gets caught with a gun, it’s  just like getting a traffic ticket,” said Delvin Lane, the leader of 901 Bloc Squad. “We got to make it a little tougher than that.”

Two people are in critical condition from two separate shootings in Midtown and Hyde Park in North Memphis.

The first shooting injured three people and in the second incident, seven people were shot.

Police say the man who shot three people at a party hall on Jefferson turned himself in right after the shooting.

The violence that happened in North Memphis has left police without suspects.

“We were on the porch when it happened. It was down there,” said Shawn Quez Clark, a 17-year-old who witnessed the shootings on Shasta.

No teenager should have to see this type of violence.

“It sounded like Iraq,” said Clark.

“I was so scared. I ran and I was under the bed,” said Clark’s 19-year-old friend.

For these north Memphis teens, gun shots are a way of life.

The 19-year-old, who didn’t want to give his name, is recovering himself from a gunshot wound.

“I was in the crossfire,” he said.

At 2:15 a.m., the teens said they saw men with what they described as ‘assault’ rifles coming out of the bushes next to their house on Sashta.

They told us the men started shooting at other men outside the 108 Club.

In the end, seven people were shot. One is in critical condition.

“What do you think about the fact that people in Memphis are just shooting each other?” asked Reporter Sabrina Hall.

“I don’t know. It’s crazy. I am ready to move out of town,” said the 19-year-old.

“We used to fight it out. Fight with your friend, dust it off and go get a popsicle together. Now if you fight, you might die,” said Lane.

Lane of the 901 Bloc Squad is working with the mayor of Memphis to reduce gun violence.

He is a former gang member who has since found a better way of life, and now responds to shootings to try and talk peace into both sides, “We just want to love on the guys and see what is going on and ask them, ‘When will it stop? If you shoot again, and someone else shoots again, it’s never going to stop until everybody is dead.”

“There were folks coming from those bushes right there with guns. They were reloading and everything. The police came so late,” said Clark.

Police have made no arrests and the 19-year-old said no one has been arrested in the shooting that injured his arm almost three weeks ago.

“It was very painful,” he said.

“You got shot how many times?” asked Hall.

“One time with a shot gun,” he said.

The teens told us they want to see more police officers patrolling their Hyde Park neighborhood. Lane wants to see more hope in our young people, and less guns on our streets.

“They don’t think tomorrow exists,” said Lane.

Lane said he doesn’t know where young people are getting their guns.

He believes tougher penalties for having illegal guns would help young people think twice about carrying them.

As for the shooting at De-Nhat Bida & Cafe on Jefferson where three people were injured, police say Hiep Pham turned himself in after the shooting, saying he shot at four people who were chasing him.

He hit three of them with bullets, leaving one in critical condition.

He’s charged with four counts of aggravated assault.


lA faster, cheaper way to test for HIV is always exciting, but when the test is created by a 15 year old high school student it’s not surprising that people are taking notice.
The majority of HIV infections occur in regions where access to testing labs is difficult, to say the least. Swift diagnosis doesn’t just cut the chances that an infected person will accidentally infect future partners, there is increasing evidence that anti-retroviral treatment can be far more effective if applied soon after infection.
Nicole Ticea is a Grade 10 student at the private girl’s York House School, Vancouver. As part of a collaboration program with Simon Fraser University she developed a test using Isothermic Nucleic Acid Amplification. This allows users to place a drop of blood on a chip to receive a near instantaneous response to find out if they are infected, a process only slightly more difficult than a pregnancy test.
The test is still a long way from widespread use, with its reliability needing to pass far more stringent review, before commercial partners can even be considered. Multiple HIV testing mechanisms exist, but none are considered perfect, leading to the widespread combination of two testing mechanisms to minimize the danger of false results. In this context, Ticea’s work could easily find a niche.
Ticea used techniques that have been successful in identifying other viral infections and applied them to HIV for the first time. Rather than looking for antibodies to HIV, as the majority of existing tests do, Ticea amplifies the virus itself. This removes the window during which people are infected, but still show up as negative on antibody tests because the immune system has yet to gear up its response. Existing viral amplification tests for HIV are expensive and time consuming.
The test won Ticea first place in the British Columbia 2014 Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge, a contest for high school students to produce biotechnology projects. Entries are judged on a combination of originality and scientific merit (30%), execution (30%) and their ability to communicate their work (40%). As part of the challenge students with suitable ideas are paired with university staff and students, in Ticea’s case Associate Professor Mark Brockman and graduate student Gursev Anmole, who provide advice and help the students refine their work.
Anmole says the collaboration was a two way street. “What Nicole has accomplished gave me a bigger picture on my own work, which involves analyzing immunity controlling T-cell receptors to see how they can be used in developing an HIV vaccine.”
“Being in the lab really reinforced what I already knew,” Ticea says. “That scientific research involves dedication, determination, long hours and a deep-rooted love for the field that makes sacrifices worthwhile.” Nevertheless, she still managed to keep up her studies and extracurricular activities while developing the test since starting on it in October.
While Ticea’s work could prove world changing, the other 15 entries from her province, give an idea how much scientific talent is lurking in high schools. Second prize winner Lena Choi’s entry was titled, “Enzymes vs Chemicals: Exploiting Specificity to Boost the Efficiency of Dissolving Pulp Production.”
Ticea entry goes to the national final next week, from which two winners will go to the world final in San Diego in June. Meanwhile Ticea’s work is one of 12 Canadian entries in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which starts today.

Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/teenager-creates-new-hiv-test#ExFVUcDKOR7xA71l.99


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