MPD: Man robbed, shot, left in lot of South Memphis park

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A man was shot, robbed and left to bleed in the parking lot of a South Memphis park Sunday morning, police said.

Authorities said a passerby saw a man lying in the parking lot of Riverview Park on Kansas Street before 6:30 a.m. It's unclear how long he'd been in the parking lot. Police said the man could only tell them his name, birthday and that his car had been stolen before he was transported to the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound.

Gerald Smith lives near the park. He said he used to play basketball there until he had medical issues, but it's still a popular place for children and adults to pass the time.

“I just heard some gunshots. That’s all," he said of this morning's incident. “When I heard that, it was close and in this area. I got on my knees and crawled out of bed.”

The incident rattled those who came to the park to pray and visit with friends Sunday morning.

“Today it really messed me up,” William Freeman said.

“Can we get along? All this violence, can we stop treating each other wrong? It’s time to pray," Smith said.

Police said they were looking for the victim's burnt-colored Buick LeSabre.

Police have not yet released the victim's name or any suspect information.

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