Man shot to death in Cordova apartment complex

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A homicide investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed in a Cordova apartment complex late Saturday night.

Memphis police responded to the Trinity Lakes Apartments in the 7800 block of Club Drive around 11 p.m., where they found a man who had been shot.

He later died at the hospital.

Police aren't saying who he is, but several investigators spent hours Saturday morning gathering evidence inside an apartment in building 16.

"It sounded like maybe 14 to 15 shots," said neighbor Neven Holland.

In the couple of months the fourth-grade teacher and his family have been living at the complex, he says it's been peaceful, quiet and seemingly safe.

"Everyone’s kind of to themselves, friendly, from what my standpoint is," Holland said.

That is until those deadly shots rang out in an apartment right upstairs, quickly ending family game night at Holland's place.

"We were playing cards... We just kind of heard some shots kind of rang off around like 10 o’clock, and we thought it was some loud knocking, but then we realized it was kind of successive – it started getting louder," he said.

Unsure where the shots were coming from, they hit the floor and turned off all the lights.

"It was very close to our apartment door, so it was hard to make out if the shots were coming from the ground floor or if someone was shooting from above," Holland said.

The area has seen its fair share of crime.

Three years ago, a family living at that complex was held hostage inside their apartment by a man looking for drugs.

The following year, a man robbed a woman after pretending to be hit by her car when she was backing out of her parking space.

And last November, a pizza delivery driver was robbed there.

Holland moved to the Mid-South recently from Chicago, but says even with the high crime rate there, this was a first for him.

"That’s my first time actually kind of seeing something – or at least hearing something like that happen – so it was a little bit alarming," he said.

Police say no one has been arrested and didn’t respond to WREG's request Saturday for information about any possible suspects.

If you know anything could help with the investigation, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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