Video shows man holding gun outside club where firefighter was killed

Gregory Howard (Source: New Orleans Fire Dept.)
Gregory Howard (Source: New Orleans Fire Dept.)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff's Office released video of a man it is calling a person of interest in the death of a New Orleans firefighter.

Investigators said 37-year-old Gregory Howard, an innocent bystander, was shot outside Mynt Lounge on Hacks Cross Road on Friday night. Howard was in town for a police and firefighter basketball tournament.

Howard was a father to two boys, ages 2 and 10 years old. In addition to his boys, he is survived by his wife.

"Everybody kept talking about how dynamic he was and how people couldn't wait to see him show up at work," New Orleans Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said. "He was just a good kid, had a bright spirit and uplifted everyone around him."

The surveillance footage shows a man holding a handgun before the shooting occurred.

WMC Action News 5 learned Mynt Lounge was operating on an expired business license when the shooting happened. In fact, the club's license expired on May 15, 2017.

Mynt Lounge was locked and nobody associated with the club would answer requests for comment on Monday.

Memphis Police Department said it had been called to the club 48 times in 2017.

If you know where this man may be, call SCSO at 901-222-5600 or Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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