Overnight shooting near Graceland leaves one person dead, suspect at large

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An overnight shooting on Hermitage Drive in Whitehaven left one person dead, and his killer on the run.

A family of five was reportedly inside the home in the 3700 block of Hermitage Drive when it happened early Tuesday morning.

Loved ones say the suspect is believed to have walked up ta bedroom window, removed the screen and shot Wartario Franklin Junior sleeping inside.

He was the only person struck and died from his injuries.

Neighbors said they heard more than half a dozen gunshots.

"I'm scared. I'm nervous. I couldn't figure out where it was coming from," said one neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

She said the victim was her son's childhood friend.

"My son used to play basketball with those little boys. It hurts as if it was my own," she said.

Franklin Junior was set to join the military in less than two weeks.

Friends said he was full of laughter and had a smile that would light up the room.

So far, authorities have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting.

Call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH if you know anything that could also help.

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