Section of East Shelby Drive closed after deadly shooting, crash in Whitehaven


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are investigating a deadly shooting and crash in Whitehaven.

The accident happened at Shelby Drive and Auburn early Thursday morning. Two blocks east, officers had blocked off all four lanes of East Shelby Drive at Elvis Presley Boulevard.

In a tweet, the Memphis Police Department stated the driver of an Infiniti G35 was shot and then crashed into two light poles.

It’s unclear if the victim was shot while driving, or if he was shot somewhere else and died trying to get help, police said.

Family members have identified the victim as 20-year-old Taquon Bates.

Bates’s grandfather, Richard Sneed, told WREG this is not the first time gun violence has preyed upon this family.

Sneed said ten years ago, Bates’s father, Richard Brown, was shot and killed at Josephine and Southern.

“He passed February 10th, 2010. He got shot January 15th at Josephine and Southern coming out of his house,” Sneed said. “He drove himself to the Med with three bullet shot wounds.”

Sneed said Bates leaves behind his own son, who is just a toddler.

Police have not released details about a motive or possible shooter.

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