Shots fired in downtown hit new Beale Street hotel, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Downtown Memphis hotel was damaged overnight after a man reportedly fired shots in the area.

Police responded to an aggravated assault at S. Front and Beale Street around 10:05 p.m.

A victim told police hit car was hit when an unknown person began firing shots in the area.

The victim said he was sitting at a red light at S. Front and Beale when he saw a man walking down the street firing shots in the air, police said.

The victim said he sped away but pulled over on Vance Avenue, due to the car being shot.

The victim told police he did not recognize the man who was shooting or see if he was shooting at anyone.

A maintenance worker at the Hyatt Centric hotel, 33 Beale St., told police he was in his room when he heard gunshots, police said.

He said he saw a man on the southeast corner of Front Street firing a weapon.

The worker said he saw the suspect run away after firing shots, police said.

The worker was not injured.

The hotel sustained damage to two rooms. A window was shot in one room.

Bullet fragments were also found in both rooms, police said.

The hotel is slated to open April 8. We reached out to the hotel for a statement. They got back to us Monday evening.

Sarah Titus, general manager at Hyatt Centric Beale Street, told FOX13 this:

“The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is a top priority for our soon to open hotel. At this time, we understand this was an isolated incident that occurred yesterday near where the hotel is located. Any inquiries should be directed to the local authorities at this time.”