MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Busted balloons, broken beads, a birthday turned tragic.
Memphis police said the shooting happened after 11 Saturday night at the Summer Banquet Hall in Berclair. It’s in a busy shopping center off Summer Avenue.
Investigators told FOX13 the incident stemmed from an argument in the parking lot between people who weren’t allowed into the event.
A 24-year-old man was shot, he died at the hospital, the shooter is still on the run.
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Lifelong Memphian, James Rutherford said, “I know it’s hard on both families because one family, their child is going to jail and the next family, they want to see their son again after the funeral.”
When FOX13 went to the scene Sunday morning the place was closed, so we called the number on the door.
The owner said he didn’t know anything had happened there until we told him. He said the place was rented out for a police officer’s daughter’s Sweet 16 party, which ended at 11 and whatever happened outside, after the place closed, has nothing to do with them. He also told us Sunday, people who rent the place out are responsible for having their own security.
Judy Owen who lives in the area said, “I keep hoping and praying all the time our city crime rate will go down because it’s just sad our city has gotten like this.”
Investigators haven’t released the victim’s identity or said anything about the shooter.
If you have any information you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.
The victim has been pronounced deceased. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. https://t.co/irINCEeRUW— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) June 10, 2018
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