Man shot in robbery attempt while leaving Midtown bar

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man was shot in an attempted robbery as he left a Midtown bar on Tuesday morning, according to Memphis Police Department.

The shooting happened at the Pumping Station on Poplar Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

A witness said he heard a loud pop, walked outside, and saw the 57-year-old man holding his chest. The witness applied pressure to the man's gunshot wound until first responders arrived.

"We need to see more security patrolling around here at Poplar and Cleveland," said Shandra Phillips, who sells socks in the area. "Sometimes I fear for my life out here because I sell socks out here, and this is how I pay my bills."

The victim told police he was opening his car door when a man, estimated to be about 25 years old, walked up behind him with a gun and demanded his keys and wallet.

The victim threw his keys into the car and as he reached for his wallet, the robber fired a shot.

Witnesses said the shooter escaped in a gold Nissan Maxima that was missing its rear bumper. He was wearing a white tank top with blue shorts, and he was last seen going northbound on Cleveland Street.

The victim was rushed to the hospital.

"Whoever did this to this guy needs to be punished to the fullest," Phillips said.

"We would like for the neighborhood to be a little calmer," said John Williams, who lives nearby. "We're all close, and it seems like a lot of armed robberies going on."

The Pumping Station expressed its sympathies on Facebook:

We are deeply saddened by the robbery and shooting of our customer and friend last night. We hope anyone with information would come forward and contact the police.

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