$1K reward available for info about Downtown shooter

$1K reward available for info about Downtown shooter
(Source: Facebook Live)
(Source: Facebook Live)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Gunshots rang out in Downtown Memphis overnight near the riverfront at Wagner Street and Beale Street.

Memphis police officers said they initially didn't get any calls overnight of the shooting that was caught on Facebook Live around 1 a.m. On Sunday afternoon, officers returned to the scene to investigate.

The person who recorded the shooting on Facebook Live has since removed the video.

This is the second shooting for the area in less than two weeks. Nobody was injured in this shooting.

Incidents like these have residents in the area angry.

"We've been fed up for a long time," resident Pat Taylor said.

One video shows a man hanging out of the window of a car shooting indiscriminately.

MPD said the man used a handgun to fire several shots into a crowded parking lot.

The incident comes just a week after another shooting downtown just a block away that injured two people. Memphis police arrested two brothers for that shooting in Tom Lee Park last Sunday.

Taylor and other condo residents said the issues with people congregating in the lot are frequent and happen every weekend.

"We have problems on Friday and Saturday nights and you can pretty much clock them," Taylor said.

MPD initially said they didn't get any calls about the shots fired, but police have now said two cars responded to a call from the building security guard at 12:47 a.m.

At 12:53 a.m. officers came again for a shots fired call, but didn't find any victims or suspects. Police later found 11 spent shell casings in the road between Wagner and Riverside Drive on Beale Street. Officers noticed a trail of what appeared to be blood in the area as well.

Taylor said the violence can't continue and he and other neighbors fear for their lives inside their own homes.

"What's it going to take before someone takes some action to stop this problem?" he said.

Both tourists and Memphis residents were shocked by the video.

"I just don't understand," one person said. "That's kind of terrifying."

Another person called it "absolutely crazy."

"People are getting guns every which way but it should be more laws controlling those guns," a third person said.

"People need to get in contact with their local law enforcement officials and come together as a community, I think that's the most important thing," a fourth person added.

The mayor's office and police department have not commented yet on the two Downtown Memphis shootings.

Anyone with information that could help police track down the man responsible for this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH. Tipsters are eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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