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Memphis man shot while walking dog

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man was shot Tuesday night while walking his dog in Midtown.

The shooting happened outside a home in the 2000 block of Cowden, not far from the intersection of South Cooper and Central Avenue.

According to police, someone in car pulled up beside the, Percy Clarke, asking for directions, and then shot him.  At the time, Clark was giving his dog Biddy a nightly walk.

Neighbor Teresa Posey heard the gunshots.

"I didn't know if it was fireworks or shots," Posey said.  "I just couldn't believe that there was three shots."

Through the dark of night, she barely got a look at the car. 

"They said it was gold, but I thought it was off white," she said.

Police said Clarke got hit three times, in the face, chest and shoulder.

Neighbor Kristen Edwards said she usually runs into the victim while walking her dog. She vowed to be extra careful.

"I'll definitely watch what I'm doing," she said. "But it's Memphis, and you always have to watch what you're doing."

Memphis Police Lt. Colonel Lawrence Jamison said everyone should be vigilant.

"Be cautious of anyone who approaches you that you don't know, especially in your neighborhood with people you are not familiar with," Jamison said.

Police are still looking for the shooter. Clarke is expected to survive.

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