Police investigate after teen shot to death downtown

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An 18-year-old shooting victim died after police found her face-down near a downtown music recording studio, Memphis police said Monday.

The shooting happened just hours after the Red Birds claimed victory at Auto Zone Park Saturday night, according to a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

"Heard fireworks from the ballgame and then it was quiet," the neighbor said. "I was sitting there watching TV.  Then, all of a sudden, I heard five shots ring out."

The neighbor looked out his window to see a fleeing crowd.

"I saw 60, maybe 70 of them," he said.

The neighbor then saw the young victim, face-down with critical injuries, in the middle of Monroe Street.

"She was lying on the ground," he said. "The ambulance hadn't even gotten here yet."

Memphis Police first got the call of a shooting at Club 296 just before midnight.  But off camera, the owner of the building says no such club exists.  Rather, he says it is the Memphis Rehearsal Complex, a recording studio.

The building's owner says one of the people who rented out a studio booth had a few people over for an album listening, and he doesn't know the victim's connection to that event.

According to the anonymous neighbor, the chaos was unusual.

"I hadn't seen any trouble before that," he said.

Police and the property owner have a differing understanding of what went on. Police say a large fight began inside, and when the people fighting were asked to leave, the fight carried out onto Monroe.  Witnesses told officers a person fighting pulled a gun and started shooting.

The victim was barely alive when paramedics rushed her to The MED, where she later died. Her name has not been released until her family can be notified.

Meanwhile, police have a suspect in custody, but no charges have been filed.

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