‘Saw the young man lying there’: neighbor reacts to double shooting that leaves teen dead

MEMPHIS, Tenn — A fatal double shooting is under investigation after it leaves a teenager dead in Memphis while another teen is in critical condition at the hospital.

Sunday morning, the sidewalk was still wet at the exact spot where police said a 16-year-old boy lost his life after being gunned down Saturday evening, an apparent effort by the person living at the home immediately next to where the shooting happened to wash away blood.

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The person who answered the door said she did not want to speak on camera and said she was not connected to what happened.

Right down the street, preparing for Sunday service at his church, however, Bishop Cassell Brown of Peace and Victory Missionary Baptist Church said members of his small church, most of whom live in the community, have said shootings are not rare occurrences.

“Members tell me all the time they hear gunshots all time of the night,” Brown said in an interview in front of his church.

Police said the shooting happened at about 6:30 Saturday evening in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood in the 2100 block of hunter avenue.

A second 16-year-old boy was taken to the Regional One in critical condition, police said.

A Memphis Police spokesman Sunday morning said there were no updates on the teen’s condition. The spokesman said they were not releasing the identity of the teenager killed.

Police said the gunman got away in a black Jeep. Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

“I have young people that go (to my church). I have grandkids that go here,” Brown said.

From his home nearby, Anthony Moore recalled hearing the gunshots.

“I came out and saw all these people, saw the young man lying there,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that before. It’s terrible. It’s sad; that’s a young man.”

Brown said he had been a minister at the church for nine years.

“It’s been bad. It’s not really getting any better,” Brown said of the crime in the neighborhood. It’s getting at your door, so you need to be concerned about what’s going on.”

Memphis Police encourage anyone with information to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 901-528-CASH.