One charged after man left to die at hospital following shootout on Winchester

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Mitchell Conrad

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man was booked into the Shelby County Jail on Thursday in connection to a recent shootout along Winchester that left one man dead.

According to police, Derrico Houston was dropped off at the emergency room door at St. Francis Hospital on Park Avenue just before midnight Tuesday by two men in a red Jeep. He was suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound and later died from his injuries.

Investigators say Mitchell Conrad was driving that Jeep when Houston and another man opened fire on another vehicle in the parking lot of a Dixie Queen on Winchester, about eight miles from St. Francis.

According to Conrad, he, Houston and another man were inside a red Jeep trying to locate several other individuals. There had reportedly been an incident between the groups and police say they were going to retaliate. The men eventually found the other individuals sitting in a black Jeep in the 4200 block of Winchester.

That’s when the people inside the red Jeep — driven by Conrad — opened fire on the black Jeep, police said. Gunfire was exchanged resulting in Houston being shot.

Conrad was charged with attempted first-degree murder and the employment of a firearm.

 

Terronce Meriwether said he has known Houston all his life. He doesn’t know why he was shot, but can’t believe someone just left him outside this hospital.

“That’s terrible. I heard that. It made me sad,” Meriwether said.

Police are referring to the individuals in the black jeep as the victims.

Last year, Houston received a three-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to robbery. A year earlier he was arrested for a carjacking, but those charges were dropped.

 

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