Downtown Memphis shooting leaves one injured, suspect on the run

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A fight near 201 Poplar landed one man in the hospital and another on the run from the law.

According to police, a fight broke out near the corner of B.B. King Boulevard and Poplar Avenue early Thursday morning. That’s when the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the other individual.

The victim was rushed to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but authorities said he is expected to be okay.

Police did not release a description of the suspect, saying he’s known to the victim.

“I mean, this place is crazy,” Mark Barber said. Barber is homeless and waiting on disability, but he says he wouldn’t spend a minute on Memphis streets at night.

Two months ago, he was robbed and beaten near a downtown mission in broad daylight, so he wasn’t surprised to  hear about this shooting. He says the problem is mental illness and too many guns.

“It’s all over Tennessee, all over Memphis. Everybody is carrying guns.”

This was the second time this week authorities have been called to the area near 201 Poplar in regards to a shooting. On Monday, a deputy shot and killed a man after that individual stabbed him.

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