Shootout Erupts During Live Crime Report

( – A live news report about crime in Memphis, Tennessee, was interrupted by a real-time drive-by shooting, forcing the interviewee – a Democratic city council candidate – to drop down for cover.

You can watch a video of what took place at the bottom of this post.

The TV report featured Yolanda Cooper-Sutton, a Democrat candidate for the Memphis City Council, and a Whitehaven community leader, Fox News reports.

The gunfire was heard as Cooper-Sutton was introducing herself, and both she and the interviewer fell on the ground, with the camera still rolling.

The Democrat council candidate then sprang back up, thanking the Lord that they were alive.

“Get down. Just stay down and get down. It’s okay. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Just stay down and get down,” she said.

“Thank you for the blood of Jesus that covers us. Thank you, Father, for the blood of Jesus. Thank you, Lord. All right, we should be alright,” she added.

Cooper-Sutton later commented on the incident on Fox News, saying her instinct made her duck for cover. The drive-by attack occurred near a playground in the middle of the day.

“I got a call to do an interview that they wanted us to talk about the crime and the gun crime and the solutions that are now arising with the citizens and with the current administration and what my thoughts were around it. I had no idea that we would be in the middle of an actual drive-by shooting,” the Democrat community leader said.

“In that moment, I knew that it was gunshots, and I knew that it was immediately to get down because a moving target is a hit target every time and not sure where the bullets were coming from,” she said.

Cooper-Sutton added shootings were very frequent in her city.

“This is something very common around Memphis. You can be riding down the highway, the interstate, anywhere, and gunshots… You prepare yourself mentally. Should we be in that act or ready to be in that mode? No, but this is where we are right now,” she elaborated.

Cooper-Sutton said she knew they would be unharmed because she trusted God for “every breath.”

Here is the video: