MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are asking for the public’s help tracking down the person who shot and killed a man in South Memphis.
Investigators responded to the call on Greenwood Street around 9 a.m. Saturday, but neighbors think the shooting actually happened Friday night, and that the body was there for hours before someone finally saw it.
It was close to midnight when Alford Thompson says he and his wife heard the gunfire.
“She had just laid down and then we heard about six or seven shots,” he said. “Then I got up and went to the door, but I didn’t see nothing.”
It wasn’t long before his neighbor reached out.
“My neighbor called me asking did I hear the shots, too, ’cause he said they sounded like they was in his backyard,” Thompson said.
It’s a sound they’ve sadly gotten quite used to over the more than 10 years they’ve lived there. So often, in fact, that they know just what to do when they hear it.
“We stay in the house, get down low,” Thompson said. “You never know. People get shot in their house now.”
Investigators focused on an empty house where neighbors say a man was found dead in a driveway Saturday morning, about nine hours after they say they heard those shots.
“I know the dude over there got a camera, so they’re gonna have some type of footage,” one neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, told WREG.
Neighbors believe police checked out the street last night, but somehow missed the victim.
“They came down the street, but they didn’t find the body ‘til this morning,” Thompson said.
Police haven’t released the man’s name.
During the investigation, neighbors peeked over bushes, trying to catch a glimpse of the man and hoping it’s not someone they know.
“Its most likely somebody that’s from around here,” one neighbor said. “There’s a good chance that I probably know who it is.”
They’re also hoping for peace in their neighborhood on this Easter weekend.
“My grandkids come over here on the weekends sometimes,” Thompson said. “So, you know, you worry about it.”
Police have no suspects.
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.