1 dead, 1 injured in North Memphis shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MPD detectives are investigating a shooting in North Memphis that left one man dead and sent another man to the hospital.

Police were called to the intersection of Alaska Street and Brown Avenue just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, after receiving reports of shots fired in the area.

A short time later, police found a shooting victim about a block away on Speed Street.

Witnesses said they heard gunshots overnight and came outside to find a car crashed into a fence and stop sign just a few feet from a home.

When police got to the scene, they found a man lying on the ground dead with a gunshot wound to his head.

"It`s rough out here because this is the hood," said neighbor Andre Clark Sr.

About a block from where police found that first victim, they responded to a house where a second shooting victim had gone for help.

Investigators haven't said yet if he was in the car with the first man when it crashed, but they have confirmed that the two crime scenes are related.

For people in this neighborhood, the violence has become a way of life.

"A lot of shootings,' one man told WREG. "I mean - a regular basis. You hear a shooting maybe every night, twice a day."

He didn't want to be identified, but said the constant gang violence and drug sales near his house have his entire family living in fear.

"I don't even let my kids come outside to play, because it's just that bad," he said. "You can`t even let your kids come out because your kids might get hit by somebody into it with another person. And I would hate for my kids to catch a stray bullet."

Clark, who`s lived on this block for nearly a decade, tells WREG it's gotten so bad, he`s ready to pack up and get out.

"As soon as God opens up the way, yes ma`am, I`ve got to move," he said.

Police haven’t identified the victims, but said Wednesday morning that the second man is expected to survive.

So far, no motive or suspect information has been released.

 

Call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH if you have any information on this case.