Young man dead following shooting at Budget Host Inn

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some Whitehaven residents forced to check into a local motel after they lost their power find themselves in the middle of a crime scene.

A crew worked to clean up the blood outside a room at the Budget Host Inn after an 18-year-old was shot to death Tuesday night.

Other guests nearby told WREG they heard more than half a dozen gun shots.

"It sounded like two people shooting the way the bullets were going off."

The witness said they checked in after the storms.

Now she and her family are checking back out.

"I mean, you don't expect that. You think you are coming to a safe place."

Employees said the shooting victim was not staying at the motel, but he was caught on camera entering room 117 with three others.

After shots were fired, at least seven people, including the victim, ran from the room.

The victim then jumped into a car with several others.

He was taken to Methodist Hospital where he died.

No one is in custody at this time.

This is the 89th homicide of the year compared to 93 this time last year.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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