Christmas Eve shooting kills 1, injures 3 on Beale

Christmas Eve shooting kills 1, injures 3 on Beale

(WMC-TV) - One person is dead after a shooting and possible stampede on Beale Street early Christmas Eve.

The shooting happened near the Crave nightclub at about 3:10 a.m.

"Everybody was falling back so I knew then it was a fight then the next thing you know there were gunshots," said Teesie Lester, who witnessed the incident.

Witnesses say the gunfire started a stampede that injured one woman, who was rushed to the hospital.

"Everybody pushing each other out of the way trying not to get hit," said another witness, Michael Ruffin.

When the shooting stopped, three people had been hit by gunfire. One of them, a 24-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the hospital. A 22-year-old is in critical condition, and an 18-year-old was also taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

"Yeah I seen somebody on the ground but I don't know his name or whatever. I just seen somebody on the ground," said Ruffin.

Minutes after the shooting, police sealed off the area and began talking to witnesses and looking for clues..

So far police have not released the names of the victims. No arrests have been made.

Ty Agee, president of the Beale Street Merchants Association, is tired of the violence. The group is now calling for drastic measures to be taken.

"Consistently you have shootings down there and just a general bad vibe," said Agee. "Shut the building down. Knock it down. Whatever you've got to do."

He continued, "There is other things they could do with that property that would be good for the city and good for Beale Street."

While merchants brace for another round of negative publicity, Tarvis Falkner, who witnessed the shooting, feels bad for the man who died.

"Two days before Christmas. That's hard on a family. That's hard on me and I don't even know the people," he said.

Action News 5 has been told that Memphis rapper Yo Gotti hosted a Christmas party at the Crave nightclub Sunday night.

He was giving away $10,000 in cash at the party through a raffle, which attracted the large crowd.

The shooting happened at 3 a.m., after the Memphis rapper had already left the club.

Yo Gotti says he was just there trying to spread some holiday spirit and his thoughts are with those affected by this shooting.

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