Beale Street Flipper shot near Beale Street - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Beale Street Flipper shot near Beale Street

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Witnesses said a shooting on an alley behind Beale Street started with an argument.

Just before 10 p.m. Sunday night, a Beale Street flipper was shot in the leg.

Witness Rarecas Bonds said he spends a lot of time working with the Beale Street Flippers on their namesake street. As he counted money in the alley between two restaurants, he said a car pulled up and four men got out.

"About that time all the fighting started," Bonds recalled.

As Bonds got in his car and pulled away, someone fired shots and hit one of his flippers, Tajuan Jones. The 30-year-old victim then ran to Beale Street for help. He was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Bonds said he is fed up with what is happening just off Beale Street.

"It's not really just on Beale Street, it's in the alleyways. The alleyways are where people have the confusion," Bonds explained. "You get drugs back there; you get everything back there."

Bonds added that the Memphis Police Department and security officers on the street are not to blame for the amount of crime in the area.

In fact, more than 70 cameras point towards Beale Street. More than 100 officers patrol the street on holiday weekends.

The Beale Street Merchants Association said it's working closely with MPD to make sure the Entertainment District is safe for all visitors.

"Our folks are prepared to be reactive, but they are also being proactive," said Pat Mitchell Worley of the Beale Street Merchants Association.

Three cameras face the alley where the attack happened. Police said cameras are helping with the investigation.

Bonds and the Beale Street Flippers had another message to pass on to visitors.

"Make sure you people keep coming to Beale Street," Bonds said. "No matter what, MPD and Beale Street Merchants Association, they got it under control."

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 901-528-CASH (2274), texting 'AWARD' to 274637 or visiting www.528cash.org.

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