1 shot, killed near Memphis National Cemetery

Residents not shocked over murder near cemetery

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man was shot and killed near Memphis National Cemetery.

Police roped off the area near the intersection of Townes Avenue and Jackson Avenue where the shooting happened

Investigators said a young man was shot before running about 100 yards and collapsing.

First responders took the man to the hospital. When they arrived, doctors pronounced him dead.

"The badlands is where we're at," neighbor Nate Whitlock said.

Whitlock said the neighborhood is a scary place.

"I won't even have company over here," he said.

Whitlock and other neighbors said bullets shooting randomly at their homes is a frighteningly common thing.

"Lot of prostitutes walking, and it's a lot of gunshots," Whitlock said.

He said common sights like drugs and robberies are all things that cause neighbors to not be shocked by this latest murder.

Investigators said they are having a hard time trying to get the information they need to solve this crime.

"It's sketchy information at this time. It appears at this time that robbery appears to be the motive," Col. Mickey Williams of Memphis Police Department said. "Our officers attempted to start CPR, and the paramedics took over when they got here and tried to get him stabilized."

Williams, however, said the efforts were not enough. The man died before arriving at Regional One.

"This is just par for the course," Whitlock said.

But Whitlock said despite all the bad things happening in the neighborhood, that does not reflect on the people living there.

"There's a lot of people just trying to make it day to day. It's a tough world right in this area," Whitlock said.

Investigators said they have still not located anyone who saw the shooting and could give them a description of the suspect.

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