Police: Motel shooting leaves one person dead

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are investigating a homicide after a man shot early Tuesday morning died from his injuries.

The shooting happened at the America’s Best Value Inn in the 1300 block of Springbrook.

Luther Street

Family members identified the victim as 41-year-old Luther Street. His mother, Earline Street, says she begged him to stop staying at this hotel, but he wouldn’t listen.

“I knocked, and I knocked. He would not come out of there,” she said.

She told WREG she believes a woman he was dating had something to do with the shooting, but she didn’t know the suspects or why they shot him.

“It hurts so bad,” the victim’s mother said.

People who live and work around the motel say it can be a dangerous place with fights happening all the time.

Family members say Street and his girlfriend had been renting a room for several weeks.

The victim’s mother says she doesn’t know why anyone would shoot her son, but suspects his girlfriend played a part.

“The woman he was with, I believe she had something to do with it,” Street said.

Housekeeper Ciara Jones says she saw the victim every day.

“Luther was a cool person. He didn’t bother anybody, you know. He made sure everything was alright,” Jones said.

She says the people causing problems in the area need to stop.

The heartbroken mother wants violence to stop too, even though it’s tool late for her child.

“If he would have stayed where he was I don’t think all of this would have happened,” Street said.

Authorities have also not released any suspect information other than to say they reportedly fled in a black car.




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