Man found dead in car after shooting identified - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man found dead in car after shooting identified

The shooting victim was found in a crashed car. (Source: WMC Action News 5) The shooting victim was found in a crashed car. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

Memphis Police Department is investigating a homicide from Wednesday night.

Officers were called to Keen Road around 11:30 where they found a man's body.

Friends described the victim, later identified as 33-year-old Christopher Jordan, as a loving father.

"He was a nice guy, loved everyone," one friend said. "Didn't bother no one and took care of his kids. We just pray that whoever did it comes forth. We are begging you to come forth."

Cortney Maxwell was putting his children to bed Wednesday night when he heard a sound he will never forget.

“Just heard a loud, like a loud crash noise,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell was not prepared for what he would see in his driveway. A man in the driver's seat, shot in the chest while driving near Keen Road, crashing his car in his yard.

Jordan's pregnant girlfriend was in the passenger seat. Jordan was in bad shape.

“Slumped over in the car, like he was gasping for air,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell tried to help, talking to Jordan to keep him awake and calling 911 for an ambulance.

“Trying to make him open his eyes, he just kept drifting off,” Maxwell said. “But they didn't make it in time.”

Maxwell said Jordan died before help arrived.

“He's an awesome person. He will live on and we will love him forever,” the friend said. “His kids need closure, his family needs closure.”

Maxwell wishes he could have done more to save Jordan, who crashed into his life for only a brief couple of minutes.

“I want to know when it's going to end,” Maxwell said. “I'm praying it gets better but it starts with us. If we don't do nothing about it, it'll never get better.”

There is no information on the suspected gunman at this time, but officials believe the victim knew him. 

If you know anything about this shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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