Search for suspect in deadly shooting continues - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Search for suspect in deadly shooting continues

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) Memphis police continued their search Tuesday for a suspect wanted for allegedly killing a man Monday during a dispute about a dog.

Nicholas Gardner stays at the corner of Piney Woods and Sumner Wells.  He wasn't home Monday afternoon, and was surprised when homicide investigators banged on his door..

"I asked them who was they looking for," he said. "They didn't say until they had come in and searched the house, and then they said they had a search warrant. They was looking for a gun."

Gardner said investigators did not find the gun, but that they showed up regarding a Monday afternoon murder.

For much of the day Tuesday, police investigators spoke to neighbors or anyone else they thought might be able to provide information about the slaying.

Gardner said police believe his nephew pulled the trigger.

"They asked me if I had seen him," he said. "I told them I hadn't seen him and then he asked did he live here. I told him no, he don't live here."

Gardner said his nephew got into an argument with another man because the other man unleashed a pit bull his dog. The argument ended in the shooting.  The victim's girlfriend tried to drive him to the hospital, but only made it as far as a gas station on Shelby Drive.

"We're talking five or six miles," said Major C.W. Cox of the Memphis Police Department.

She pulled into the parking lot to call for an ambulance, but her boyfriend died before help arrived.

Back at Piney Woods and Sumner Wells, Gardner said he just hoped the case would be closed soon.

"I'm sorry it happened like that," he said. "I really am."

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