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Police ID victim of Friday homicide in East Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are working to identify suspects following a deadly shooting in East Memphis overnight.

Police say they got a call about a shooting in the 4200 block of New Willow Road near Getwell Road around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Witnesses reported hearing the gunshots, but police haven’t been able to track down those who saw anything.

”It was just like five gunshots and then somebody asked to call the police, and then the police and ambulance showed up,” said one neighbor.

Flashing lights filled up the dark street as first responders arrived to the scene.

But it was too late, as a 34-year-old was found lying beside the house with several gunshot wounds.

The victim, whom police later identified as Ronald Lewis, was pronounced dead soon after.

”It happened right there, across the street from my house,” said neighbor James Kenny.

Kenny said he knew the victim.

“He was a good guy,” said Kenny. “I don’t see why anybody would want to kill him.”

Police said it seems as though Lewis got into an argument with someone else before the fatal shots were fired.

Neighbors said they heard people fighting Thursday night and said a fence across the street from where the shooting happened got torn down in the midst of it.

Detectives gathered evidence in driveways outside of the crime scene Friday morning, where they also say a fight was reported.

It’s not clear whether the fights were connected to the shooting.

But neighbors say it’s important to recognize when situations look like they could be trouble.

“I saw them right there standing outside,” said Kenny. “I just went on in there inside the house and laid down.”

It’s the seventh homicide Memphis police have handled this week, making the overall number of homicides soar close to 180.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.