MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man in a wheelchair overnight in South Memphis.
Friends and family have identified the victim to WREG as Marcus Brooks, 39, and say he would have turned 40 next month.
“He was a real sweetheart of a person. He ain’t bother nobody,” said Quinton Shaw, who described Brooks as his best friend.
Police say a neighbor on Silverage Avenue called 911 around 3 a.m. Thursday after hearing what she described as dozens of gunshots.
Officers found Brooks wounded and seriously hurt near his van outside a home where he rented a room. He later died at the hospital.
Investigators had the van towed away hours later, hoping it might hold some clues about the killer and what happened.
Friends tell WREG’s Nina Harrelson that Brooks had been in a wheelchair for more than two decades after surviving another shooting that paralyzed him when he was about 18 years old.
“Right here on this same street, matter of fact,” Shaw said.
Loved ones say Brooks grew up in the neighborhood and was a good person.
“He was always there if you need him. He was always there for me. He was just like my little brother,” said Pamela Jones. “He was very, very giving, and he loved everybody. He ain’t have no enemies that I know of.”
Almost everyone WREG spoke with on the block seemed to know and love Brooks.
“He wasn’t in no gang, he wasn’t affiliated with none of that. I don’t know what came on,” Shaw said. “It really hurts me ’cause he really was a close friend of mine.”
They are desperate for answers and say they no longer feel safe in their own homes.
“It’s just sick. It’s sad. I’m getting ready to move,” Jones said.
“The violence, it’s just crazy. It’s ludicrous,” Shaw said. “I don’t even know what it’s for, what’s going on out here. I’ve been in this city all my life and it ain’t never been like this, the way it is now.”
Police say they have no suspect information.
If you know anything that could help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.