MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is dead after a shooting in North Memphis Monday afternoon, and witnesses say the shooting led to a shootout that had innocent bystanders ducking for cover.
Police say the chaos started around 2:30 p.m. when a man was gunned down near a convenience store on Springdale near Hubert.
“I was in the bathroom and I heard shooting so I came out the door,” witness Dale Harris he said.
He says he saw the suspected shooter run into the store as several of the victim’s friends returned fire.
“They were shooting back while he was still laying down on the ground. They were trying to take revenge.”
The bullets were flying in a terrifying gun battle.
“The man in the store was still shooting at them,” Harris said.
Harris claims no one else was hit, and says the chaos stopped when the victim’s friends put him in a car and drove off. Police say they took him to the hospital, but he didn’t survive his injuries.
Police haven’t said who the initial shooter was, or why he opened fire. They also haven’t said if investigators have any idea where he went.
“I think the young people need to start getting other things to do,” Harris said. “The adults need to raise their children instead of letting them be out here just like cowboys and Indians here.”
As bad as things were this afternoon it could have been worse. The shootout happened right before kids started getting home from their first day of school.