One dead in shooting on Manassas Street

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A man shot early Wednesday morning while driving near the Medical District has died, police say, marking the city’s 70th homicide this year.

It happened a few hours after another shooting on the same street.

The first one happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday on Manassas Street at Robeson Avenue.

The second happened just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, a block away on Manassas at Mosby Avenue.

Arthur Triplet says he didn’t hear the gunshots but saw investigators on scene Wednesday morning right around the corner from his home.

"Well, I just saw a lot of blue lights man, and it’s getting tiresome over here man and all I can do is pray for them," he said.

Police say three people were driving down Menassas when bullets started flying, hitting one of the men inside and wrecking the SUV.

That SUV flipped and crashed into a chain-link fence a few feet from one family’s front door, leaving shattered glass strewn all over the street.

Now, detectives are trying to figure out if the two cases are connected.

Triplet has only lived on Menassas since October, but in that time, he says there have been countless shootings on his block.

"About twice a month," he said.

Something he tells WREG is understandably a little unnerving.

"Somewhat, but I’m covered,"he said.

But his faith, he says, helps him get by.

"I’m prayed up, so I’m alright," he added.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led up to both shootings.

Right now, police don’t have any suspects in either case.

The man shot Tuesday night is fighting for his life in the hospital.

The two people involved in Wednesday morning’s shooting were also taken to the hospital after the crash.

Police haven't released the victims’ names.

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

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