Police push Beale Street safety measures following teen’s death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 19-year-old shot during an altercation with another man has died more than a month after the incident.

Police confirmed Randle Underwood passed away of his injuries on June 8.

Back on April 28, police were called to the Beale and Second intersection after reports of a shooting.

According to police, Underwood was seen on surveillance footage fist-fighting with the suspect, who would follow those punches with gunfire, shooting Underwood multiple times, leaving him critically wounded.

“I just sympathize with the parents because you’re just trying to have a good time with your family,” said Micheala Stout of Memphis. “Those times are just so precious.”

Many residents empathized and were saddened by the news that a teen’s life was cut short while visiting a popular local area that’s supposed to be all about fun and entertainment.

“I think that’s awful. You should be able to go out and enjoy yourself; I don’t understand what’s going on, why everybody is so mad,” said Mary Jones.

Memphis Police confirmed no arrests have been made in the murder. Authorities are still on the lookout for a man spotted in surveillance wearing a red jacket and blue jeans.

They’re asking anyone with info to submit anonymous tips to 901-528-CASH.

Meanwhile, authorities continue working to put a stop to crime in the area, starting with implementing its Security Fee Program.

MPD has partnered with the Downtown Memphis Commission to enhance security measures in the area on weekends and holidays.

Starting at 9 p.m., visitors will be wand-checked for weapons and asked to show identification.

Along with enhanced lighting added to the area, patrons will also be charged $5 dollars to get into the entertainment district.

“I think it’s good that they’re trying to put that out there because people need to feel safe,” said Memphis resident Aspen McCraw.

The Beale Street Security Fee Program would wrap at the season’s end in September.

If you recognize the man caught on camera or have any information about this shooting, Memphis Police want you to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Any information that leads to an arrest, in this case, could be worth up to $2,000.


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