MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A rash of shootings swept across Memphis overnight, including one right in the middle of downtown.
Memphis Police had several streets surrounding Beale Street blocked off after officers say they heard multiple gunshots coming from the area of MLK Avenue and Second St. around 2 a.m. Thursday.
According to police, officers received a shots fired call from the area of Martin Luther King and Second Street and arrived just in time to witness another shooting and two vehicles, including a silver sedan and a black SUV, speeding from the scene.
The passenger in the silver sedan had been shot in the back and jumped into the vehicle with an unknown man to escape, police said. That man was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Several minutes later, officers received a call about two men standing in the middle of Looney Street at Barrett Place firing shots with rifles.
When officers arrived, they saw two men go into a home. Reports indicated the officers knocked on the door to speak with the men but they never answered.
Instead, police said they saw a silver car parked out front with blood splattered on the passenger seat, and a gun was found inside another car on the property. Both cars were towed to the city lot for processing.
Another victim reported his vehicle was struck during the downtown incident. He was not hurt, but his back window was shattered by the shots.
Despite all of this information, it’s still unclear who fired the shots downtown and why.
A short time later, officers responded to another incident in which the victim claimed he was driving on Hubbard when two vehicles began shooting at each other. One of the bullets struck the victim in the left side while he was driving.
The victim was transported to the Regional Medical Condition in critical condition, police said.
So far, authorities have not made an arrest in this case.
The first shooting happened late Wednesday evening on Eastwind Drive inside the Pepper Tree Apartments complex. When officers arrived, they located the victim in the middle of the breezeway, suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Neighbors told investigators there were several people in the area prior to the shooting who were all playing dice. There was some sort of argument and that’s when one player fired shots at the other.
If you know anything about these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.