UPDATE: Victim identified in road rage shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

UPDATE: Victim identified in road rage shooting

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A road rage incident ended in murder Monday afternoon in Binghampton.

According to police, the incident happened around 4:40 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Columbia Street and Ogden Avenue.

The victim, 26-year-old Terrell "Red" Beasley, was transported to The MED, where he later died.

Residents in the neighborhood where the shooting happened were quick to react.

"Something just needs to be stopped," resident Shirley Brown said.

Brown said she is sick and tired of the violence in her neighborhood - including Monday's shooting, which happened within sight of her home.

"Over just a scratch on a car," says Brown.

Memphis Police believe the shooting happed after Beasley, driving a Honda, side-swiped a man behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus. Both men got out of their cars and started fighting over the fender bender.

"One of the individuals retrieved a gun, fired at least two shots, striking the victim twice," said Memphis police Lt. Col. M.D. Jones.

Beasley died at The MED.  The suspected gunman, who police have not identified, was arrested.  Police called it "road rage."  Crime scene investigators worked through dusk marking all of the evidence.  It included the victim's clothing and spent bullet casings fired from the suspect's gun.

"He was walking up the street, back and forth, with a gun in his hand," recalled longtime resident Alice Williams.

Williams said she knew both men, and that they knew each other.  Williams could not imagine how a little wreck led to this.

"These folks have fits when you hit they car," Williams said.  "I'm afraid to have a wreck, cause these folks get out and kill you 'cause you hit they car."

Even veteran officers found it difficult to explain.

"I don't know," Lt. Col. Jones said.  "People not taking time to think and just letting their rage take over."

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