• 2 rushed to the hospital after shooting near Purple Haze nightclub, says MPD

    By: Jerrita Patterson


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The corner of Lt. George W Lee Ave & South Second Street in Downtown Memphis was blocked early Sunday morning after gunfire rang out minutes before 5 a.m.

    Hours later, there were pieces of crime scene tape along the path Vicki Watson takes when walking to work.

    "By the time I got off, I could just tell," Watson said. "There were so many people down here."

    Watson told FOX13 the area was crowded with those celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

    "It was absolutely packed and there was more people coming," Watson said. "It was packed."

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    Just feet from a gun free zone, a man and woman were shot. Both were rushed to Regional One.

    The male victim is expected to be okay, however, detectives say the female victim was fighting to survive.

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    Alan Neal, 27, has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault in connection with the downtown attack. Neal's mugshot is below. 

    "That corner just seems to have a lot of the trouble," Watson said.

    Alan Neal is set to face a judge Monday morning.

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