MPD search for gunman in deadly shooting outside nightclub, victim identified

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis police are searching for the gunman involved in a deadly shooting in the Edge District.

The victim shot and killed has been identified as Jon Booker, the other three shot are expected to be ok.

It happened at “The Den” in the 600 block of Marshall around 1 a.m.

Officers were on the scene of a large fight when suspects in a silver SUV began shooting.

No one is in custody at this time.

The Den released a statement on the shooting: 

On Saturday, December 2, local hip hop artist Carlos Beans hosted a performance and birthday party at The Den. An altercation began inside The Den and our armed security team, Cable Security, who are former Memphis sheriff’s deputies, neutralized the fight and ejected all participants outside of the venue on Marshall Avenue. Our security team always does a search of anyone and their belongings prior to entering the venue to ensure there are no weapons of any kind on the premises.

The Memphis Police Department was already in The Edge due to increased police presence in this revitalized area and began crowd control. Some of the participants of the altercation entered a silver SUV and, as they drove off, fired shots striking four people, one of which fatally striking Jon Booker, a promising young photographer and videographer.

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jon Booker who lost his life in The Edge District last night. May you find peace and solace in the love that surrounds you and from me and the artists of The Den.  It is always a sad occasion to wake up the next morning to know that another life has been senselessly taken due to gun violence in Memphis.

Carlos Bean, local hip hop artists, and a friend and collaborator of Jon Booker, stated:

“Jon Booker was always smiling. He was the nicest guy ever and one of our biggest supporters. He would do it just for the culture and he wanted build out what we are doing in Memphis’ hip hop community. This is heartbreaking because we try to do these events and we try to make everybody safe and get people to come out. Last night, someone’s life was taken – someone that we really cared about. He was a great videographer and photographer and he was always working on his skill and willing to help out because it helped him build his craft. He supported several videos for me without me having to ask because of all the love he showed for me and the hip hop community. He will be missed.”

I want to assure that The Den family will continue to provide a safe space for all artists to continue to showcase their talent for the betterment of Memphis. We built this venue on the foundation of warmth and love. We are one of the few event spaces where young, talented artists and creators can perform and represent the diversity and traditions of our city – one filled with soul, grit, and grind. 

We are a resilient city and, together, we can strive to make it better. We cannot shut down, shy away, or move the problems facing our citizens and communities. We must stand and face it squarely. Without spaces like The Den, we cannot contribute to the culture and legacy of Memphis.

The Den is our home in The Edge District and we need it now more than ever.

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