Suspects on run after man shot, killed on church property

Updated: Sep. 2, 2019 at 9:19 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is investigating after a man was shot and killed outside a church in Frayser.

“I was in the house just watching TV and came out. This is what I see happening,” Walter Jones said.

Jones saw lots of police cars and investigators up and down Clifton Avenue on Monday. Traffic was turned around right before the yellow crime scene tape. The officers were focusing on a white truck in a driveway with the door open.

One neighbor who did not want to be identified said she heard three or four shot. Police say one man died and it is believed he was in the truck when he was shot.

“What are you going to do about it?" Jones asked.

The car was parked next to Bethel Church of God In Christ. It was in the driveway of a house with signs indicating it was owned by the church with plans to make it the ministry house.

The land next to it, according to a sign, is the site of future development for Bethel. No one answered the phone at the church. It is not clear why the truck was parked in front of the house.

Officers canvassed the area looking around the church property, even looking inside a dumpster behind the church. Crime scene investigators arrived as well as staff from the regional forensic center.

Neighbors say they are shocked. They say they have heard shooting in the area but don’t consider it a dangerous place to live.

“It’s still not a bad area," Jones said. "The few things bad that’s happened don’t make the whole area bad.”

Police have not released a motive for the crime or the identity of the victim. The only description for the suspects is two men in white shirts and jeans who left the scene on foot.

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