Hundreds 'stampede' down Beale Street in fear - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hundreds 'stampede' down Beale Street in fear

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Memphis police are investigating an incident that sent people running on Beale Street early Sunday morning.

Police said several hundred people were seen running east from Second Street on Beale Street, then headed to BB King Boulevard.

A couple minutes later, several hundred people were seen running on Beale Street from Rufus Thomas, trying to exit the street.

Officers were told to stop allowing people on Beale from all entrances.

Several people complained of back, shoulder and chest pains, as well as scraped knees.

Two patrol cars were damaged due to the incident, one from a beer bottle. A fence that surrounds Handy Park was also damaged.

Police said no shots were fired despite some people reporting they had heard them.

“He was shooting and ran in our direction. It was real close and it was scary,” Kenyatta Harper said.

Harper said she was visiting as part of a Facebook event called Chicago Invades Memphis. She said an argument between two men escalated to gunfire, triggering panic and her ankle injury. Now, she’s flying home to see a doctor.

According to police, the incident started after a person was kicked out of a club.

"If you feel like your life is in jeopardy, you're going to do whatever you have to do," witness Cedric Woods said. "This ain't right; people shouldn't be having to do this."

The mass panic led to people crowding in restaurants while others took cover in allies and behind dumpsters.

Woods said scenes like this are becoming too common. Last year, a crowd caused a stampede after Calvin Wilhite was shot and killed outside FedExForum.

“I've been in Memphis so long, you see people rushing, you don't even start running no more,” Woods said.

This incident was just one week after Myneishia Johnson was killed and two others were injured downtown after a man fired shots into a crowd.

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