Witness Describes Fearful Moments Before Deadly Shooting

(Memphis) Police have identified a man’s body was found in an East Memphis field Tuesday morning as 23-year-old Cortavious Harris.

Memphis Police officers were alerted around 8 a.m. about Harris’ body on American Way and Perkins.

“They were coming through the trees or whatever. They were like ‘pow pow pow tis tis tis,'” Terry Smith, who says he witness the shooting, said.

Smith is terrified to show his face on camera because what he saw Monday night turned into a huge crime scene.

“It was gun shots about six or seven times, multiple you know,” Smith said.

Crime tape and police cars lined the streets at American Way and Perkins after a man was shot and killed.

“It was just burn outs and shootings,” Smith said.

While police are not saying much about the investigation, Smith believes he saw the victim running for his life.

“It wasn’t nothing but him and the shooter. That’s it. He turned the corner that’s all you seen was just him but after that – after the shooting stopped – you didn’t see him no more,” Smith described.

Little did the witness know at the time, the man he saw running had been shot to death and not found until someone alerted police around breakfast time.

“I wish I could’ve seen more but when them bullets started coming through them trees I just got out,” Smith said.  “I was looking for him, but I didn’t see him after the shooting stopped. I thought he, like I said, I really thought he got beyond that point.”

Neighbors made it a point to come outside Tuesday morning to make sense of everything that happened the night before.

“It’s very emotional once you come out your door and you see crime scene tape everywhere and you was outside the time it went on you know you could’ve saved somebody’s life,” Smith said.

However, with bullets flying in the air, there was nothing Smith could do for a man left to die in an empty field

“We got to turn these streets over and turn to God,” Smith said.

Detectives are still working to figure out who shot Harris and why.