On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at about 11:30 a.m., a shot was fired at the FOX13 station in Memphis. The shell casing was discharged from an AR-style rifle and landed outside the lobby’s front door. Jarrad Nathan has already been identified as the suspect. Jarrad is 26 and under police custody.
Nathan was recognized as the shooting suspect by police on Tuesday night, and he was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
Nathan allegedly fired the shot into the station before fleeing to Ubee’s and barricading himself. He broadcast a Facebook Live video from inside the eatery.
As per Nathan’s mom, the 26-year-old had mental health problems.
Was Jarrad Nathan mentally ill?
His issues began when he was young, and he eventually spent time at the Lakeside mental hospital.
“I don’t think mental health started at this, I think the mental health started at 13, 14 years old. I think it started then. Like I said, it has not been an easy road as a parent to deal with my son,” Nathan’s mother stated.
Friends of the suspect claimed that throughout the previous year, his condition had gotten worse.
Outside of 201 Poplar, a woman who asked only to be recognized as Anne spoke with FOX13.
She had come to see if Nathan was receiving a mental health assessment while being processed.
Before he engaged in a standoff with police at Ubee’s, she claimed she received a call from him immediately following his shooting into the station.
“I just shot at the news station. I just shot at the news station. I just shot once, come get my gun,” he told Anne.
Anne claimed that she had known the suspect for a long time.
She claimed that throughout the previous year, he had been shot, run over by a car, and particularly deeply struck by Tyre Nichols’ passing, all while experiencing homelessness and couch-surfing to make ends meet.
She thinks he visited the station to learn more about the Nichols case, which was the topic of their previous conversation.
“He was talking about that a lot this weekend. He was talking about how he thought y’all had more footage,” Anne added.
Nathan, according to Anne, kept inviting viewers of his Facebook Live broadcast to meet him at the station and encouraging them to do the same.
She thinks he planned to organize a protest.
Nathan’s mother also said – “I want the viewers to know that he’s not a bad person at all. He is one of the nicest and kindest you will meet. Everybody has another side to them. I think my son is crying out for attention because he needs some help. Anybody who would come to the news place and shoot at anybody, that is a cry for help.”