1 killed in suspected shooting on Central Avenue

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Witnesses heard more than seven shots fired near Central Avenue. When Memphis police officers arrived, they found one man dead.

Memphis Police Department has not confirmed if the shots witnesses heard did result in the man's death. At this time, the man's cause of death has not been identified.

The suspected shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of Central and Tanglewood Street.

Neighbors told WMC Action News 5 that they saw a car being shot at on Central. The car then crashed into trees.

Chance Butler was doing construction work in Midtown when he heard several gunshots.

"We just seen a car come by and it went into that ditch, and we walk down there and he was dead," he said.

"I could definitely tell it was gunshots. It was happening so fast," said a man, who asked to remain anonymous.

Butler said he and his dad saw the victim, who he described as a man in his 20s, take his last breath.

"[My dad] went into the bushes to see if he was alright. He said he heard him gasping for air, but by then, he done died," he explained.

They didn't see who was shooting, but they said they did notice bullet holes all on the side of the victim's car.

"My dad told me they was shooting at the car that I saw. They think he was shot. That's why he [was slumped over]," Butler said.

Multiple neighbors said they heard shots blocks away, as far back as Central around McLean Boulevard.

"I was just in my room, and I heard about seven shots back to back," Alexandra Rawlings said. "It's scary. Just be careful."

Butler, who lives in Nutbush, said he's used to hearing gunshots, but has never seen anything like this.

"People shooting guns all the time. It's nothing new to me anymore, but seeing somebody get killed...it's different," Butler said.

The Central Gardens Neighborhood  Association said they're considering the idea of SkyCop cameras for safety, and they're encouraging residents to join their Phelps Security patrol.

Police haven't released the man's name who died or a motive.

If you have any information, you're asked to cal Memphis police at 901-528-CASH.

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