Woman killed, man critical after drive-by shooting in Whitehaven drive-thru

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MPD detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting outside a Whitehaven fast food restaurant that left a woman dead and a man in critical condition.

The parking lot of the 24-hour McDonald’s on Winchester Road near Millbranch Road is typically packed with customers during the busy breakfast rush, but Friday morning it was closed, as police investigated a deadly double shooting in the drive-thru.

WREG caught up with Donnell Dennis, a regular at the fast food restaurant, at a nearby gas station.

He was shocked when he realized his usual breakfast spot was a crime scene.

“That’s why we came here to get something to eat. Usually we go there and get something to eat,” he said. “Another senseless death I guess in Memphis. I don’t know, it’s tragic… They’re just doing it, like they don’t even care about life or nothing anymore.”

Police say a man and woman were sitting in a car at the drive-thru window around 2:30 a.m. Friday when someone drove by and sprayed the car with bullets, hitting them both.

Investigators placed evidence markers near at least 19 shell casings on the scene, and WREG counted dozens of bullet holes in the passenger side of the car.

The man – bleeding from his gunshot wounds – ran to a Citgo across the street for help.

“He just was saying, ‘Call the police. I got shot,'” the clerk told us. “I was just so confused, I don’t know. I was scared really when I saw them.”

Meanwhile, McDonald’s employees rushed outside to try to help the woman.

Both the man and woman were taken to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition, where she died.

The names of the victims haven’t been released and no arrests have been made.


Police say the suspects were driving a gold, four-door Infiniti.

They’re asking anyone with information on this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


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