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Man found dead behind West Memphis apartment building identified

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police in West Memphis are investigating a double shooting that left one person dead and sent another to the hospital early Tuesday morning.

According to reports, the shooting happened overnight at the Westwood Apartments on South Avalon Street near Auburn Avenue.

People who live at this apartment complex say the body was found on the sidewalk behind the apartment building, alarming to residents who live there.

The second victim lived at the complex and was shot in the hand.

He was rushed to a Memphis hospital for treatment.

"It was just, like, 12 gunshots. When I came out, the body was on the ground. It happened so fast," a neighbor said.

The woman didn't want to be identified.

She says the shooting happened outside of her apartment, behind building 403.

She watched another man with a gun shot wound to the hand leave in an ambulance and says she doesn't know the man she saw dead on the ground.

"Once it calmed down, I walked downstairs to talk to the lady that was screaming. She was saying he was shot," the neighbor said.

Relatives identified the victim as 21-year-old Clark Brown Jr.

They say he lived at the Westwood Apartments, but couldn't tell us what led up to the shooting.

Even people who don't live in the complex heard the gunfire around midnight.

"It happens all the time. He's not the first person who got shot over here," a neighbor said.

In 2016, a woman was beaten and stabbed to death at the Westwood Apartments.

Back in 2013, a man was also murdered there.

That same year, several suspicious fires were set at the complex.

This residents says she is afraid to let her daughter live here with her. "She stays with my mom."

She says she has no idea what happened Tuesday morning.

So far, investigators haven't released any details about what led to the violence.

If you have any information about this shooting, call Crittenden County Crimestoppers at (870) 732-4444.