MPD: Victim dies at hospital after Cook Out restaurant shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE: 10:10 p.m.

MPD said the victim died at the hospital.


A shootout at Cook Out on Union Avenue in Midtown overnight Friday left one person in critical condition.

Memphis Police released new details Friday afternoon saying two cars were involved.

MPD said two vehicles fled the scene.

Memphis Police say they got behind one of the two cars that sped away. Officers said a black Infiniti drove to Methodist University Hospital.

One of the victims, a passenger in the back seat, was shot, according to a police report. Police say witnesses picked up the victim and carried him to the hospital.

According to a police report, officers were sitting in the drive-thru when they heard shots ring out behind them. That’s when they noticed the Infinity speeding off before turning into the hospital.

Police say moments later they got a call from I-240 near Madison Avenue of a shooting that was part of this same incident.

Investigators say they found the car responsible for the shooting when they arrived.

Preliminary information indicates that the people in both cars were shooting at one another.

One person with active warrants has been detained.

Customers like Justin Sempler worry after the latest shooting at a fast-food restaurant. This time, officers say 10 to 14 shots were fired at Cook Out in the 1400 block of Union Avenue just after 1 a.m.

“I’m on the lookout. I want to be aware of my surroundings, especially coming to drive-thru or something like that,” said Sempler.

This is at least the fourth time Memphis Police have been called out to a fast food restaurant since April.

Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, Burger King, and now Cook Out have been targets for crime. In some cases, it was because customers were angry while waiting in drive-thru.

“I think there are some systemic changes that have to be made,” said Sempler.

Memphis police say no one was in the vehicle at the time they found the stolen vehicle. A spokeswoman with MPD said the vehicle was stolen from the Fresh Market on June 28th.