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Memphis’ murder rate outpacing 2020 record; at least 2 killed overnight

Valero shooting crime scene
Valero shooting crime scene(Action News 5)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 7:49 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Police responded to multiple shootings across the Bluff City overnight killing at least two people and sending six others to the hospital.

Memphis Fire and Memphis police responded to calls about a shooting at Peppertree Apartments between 10:30 and 11:30 Tuesday night, two shootings on North Watkins, another on Eastwind Drive and a shooting at a Citgo gas station on Park Avenue.

One person was taken to the hospital in the Peppertree Apartments incident but later died. Investigators believe the victim was shot as he was leaving an apartment and was found at 4260 Eastwind Drive, which appears to be a neighborhood shop.

In the shooting in the area of Eastwind Drive, two men are accused of shooting each other after an argument and physical assault. They were both rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Three victims were involved in a Valero gas station shooting on North Watkins. Police say one man died, a woman was non-critically injured and another man was uninjured.

Around 4 a.m. Monday morning, another woman was shot on North Watkins and rushed to the hospital. According to MPD, a suspect is in custody in connection to this case.

Paramedics did not respond to the shooting at Citgo but Memphis police confirm two victims were located at the scene.

The issue of gun violence is getting heightened attention in the last week since the murder of rapper Young Dolph last Wednesday.

Tuesday night a group of area pastors gathered to pray for spiritual healing in this city.

As of Nov. 23, Memphis Police Department says there have been 262 murders so far this year, that’s outpacing 2020′s record-breaking year.

Residents are on edge because of the alarming amount of violence.

“Well, there are issues that make it hard especially around the holidays for families to be out in public. You worry about what’s going on when people are congregating in place,” said community member Carlos Bibbs.

Memphis City Councilmember JB Smiley organized the prayer vigil. He says that legislation isn’t the only way to solve the issue of gun violence.

He wants to see people make the conscious decision to lay down guns and resolve conflict in a reasonable way.

If you have any information regarding any of these cases, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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