MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is dead following a night out at a lounge in Parkway Village. WREG spoke to a witness who says he was disturbed by the actions of police and others who were on the scene.
Memphis Police responded to a shooting at Prohibition Lounge in the 4800 block of American Way early Sunday morning. They say three people were shot, and one died on the scene.
While WREG was there, we saw crime scene tape and broken glass all over the parking lot. We spoke to a man who didn’t want to go on camera but said he heard dozens of shots.
“Sounded like automatic gunfire pause, more return fire and then a whole lot of frenzy, then by the time I got up there to where I could see anything he was already lying up there by the tree,” the witness told us.
A woman who was at the lounge when the shooting happened, and she told us she heard one shot inside before hearing more shots coming from outside.
Video on social media shows the victim lying on the ground near a tree — the man we talked to said he feels for the victims and his family after seeing people standing over him recording.
“He was laying out there every bit of four or five hours, uncovered, all out in the open. They had the tape off but there were people in the parking lot staring at him. If the family were to see that it was really disrespectful in my opinion,” the man told us.
He said the lounge is normally a safe place — but he isn’t surprised by the shooting.
“It’s always something in Memphis, every club we got in Memphis ends up like this. People can’t go and just have a good time anymore. everybody got to get to shooting about something,” the man said.
Police said the two other people that were shot — they were rushed to the hospital in non-critical condition.
“I don’t know what his situation is, kids, family whatever but he left that night trying to have a good time and it cost him his life,” the man told us.
No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.
Police say they also recovered a stolen weapon from the scene.