Police: Young father killed in South Memphis shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A family is left devastated after a young father was shot and killed in an overnight shooting in South Memphis.

Dozens of relatives and friends gathered near the crime scene Tuesday morning. They identified the victim as 28-year-old Laronzo Davis.

"I’m just numb, I don't know what to think," said his mother Carolyn Walker Miller. "I just want to see him and they won't let me see him. I know it's him I just want to see him."

Davis and a passenger had just left his College Park home and was driving his girlfriend's car near Crump Boulevard and Mississippi when gunfire rang out around midnight. Both were shot in the chaos and Davis crashed the car a few blocks away at Crump and Lauderdale.

The young father was dead by the time first responders arrived on the scene. Authorities said they don't know if he died from the gunshots or from injuries sustained during the crash, but told WREG's Melissa Moon they recovered several shell casings on the ground. Several gunshot holes could also been seen in the side of the vehicle as it was being towed away.

But all that provides little comfort to the family who is now left trying to figure out how to tell a 4-year-old girl daddy won't be coming home.

"We don’t' even know how we are going to tell her," said Davis' mother. "She loves her daddy. She just always be with him."

"It's just sad. I don't know what I could say or do."

Authorities said the second person inside the car was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

So far, police haven't released a description of the gunman.

Call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH if you can help.