MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people have died between Saturday night and Sunday morning after officers said four shootings happened within three hours.
The first shooting happened Saturday just after 11 p.m. in the 1400 block of Silver Street of South Memphis. Two people were shot. Both victims were taken to the hospital. One victim was listed in critical condition, and the other one later died from their injuries.
Family identified the deceased victim as 37-year-old DaJuan Griffin. His uncle said Griffin was outside of his own home talking to a group of people when shots rang out. He said his nephew was hit in the back and leg. As he lay in his uncle’s arms dying, his uncle said he was looking to make sure everyone else was okay.
“Now you tell me what man, that need emergency medical help gonna do that for you and he’s the one that need help,’ his uncle said. “They don’t make people like that no more.”
His family said Griffin leaves behind seven children.
One hour later around 12:30 a.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 2000 block of South Lauderdale Street of South Memphis where a man and woman were shot. Both were taken to the hospital. The man was listed in critical condition, and the woman was later pronounced dead.
A third shooting happened just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the 700 block of Jackson Avenue near Twins Food Mart in North Memphis. One man was shot and pronounced dead on the scene. Officers later confirmed that another victim was shot. He was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.
The owner of Twins Food Mart said the shooting happened right inside the front door.
“He just opened the door and he shot him,” the owner said. “I think he was watching him, I think he had trouble with him. I don’t know because he waited outside, and he comes in behind him and he shoots him.”
Officers later confirmed a fourth shooting that happened after 1 a.m. downtown in the area of BB King and Peabody Place. One person was shot and taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.
All shootings are still under investigation. No arrests have been reported at this time.
Call (901)-528-CASH with any information about the shootings.