Man shot, killed at Berclair event hall

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is investigating after a man was shot and killed in Berclair.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Summer Banquet Hall.

The victim--a 24-year-old man--was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.

"I'm just shocked. I think this is the first time I've heard about anything happening right around this area," Berclair resident Judy Owens said. "I'm 75-year-old lady and I live by myself and I don't feel comfortable hardly in this area, and I've lived here for 50 years."

MPD said the preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting happened when after an argument in the parking lot between people who were denied entry into a private event.

Jerica Phillips tried called the number on the door at the event venue but it sent her straight to voicemail

The owner later returned her call and said no alcohol was served and based on his contracts, the host must provide their own security.

She asked MPD if the party was hosted by a fellow officer, and while not directly responding to her question, a spokesperson said any additional information about the investigation will be shared on social media.

Meanwhile, a crime search within a half-square-mile of the banquet hall revealed nearly 300 reported incidents in the last six months including rape, aggravated assault, and business burglaries.

"I know there's been a shooting down here on Berclair, on Summer, just everywhere and I don't feel safe," Owens said. "I feel sorry for that person, especially if they are young people, ruining their whole life, and then especially their families and the person's family that they shot."

If you have any information in this case, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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