MPD: Security guard arrested, charged with reckless homicide in connection with O'Cielo shooting


FOX13 has learned from police David Alexander has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

He is charged with Reckless Homicide, aggravated assault, and Act as a security guard without registration card.

Police said the individuals were "were shooting toward the business when Alexander, who was working as a security guard, returned fire, and shot both victims."

The original shooters have not been caught.


Family members have identified a man killed in a shooting at O'Cielo Mexican Bar & Grill that left one other person injured.

>>PHOTOS: 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at O'Cielo Mexican Bar & Grill

Family and friends told FOX13 Alvin Hart was the victim in Wednesday night's deadly shooting.

Malikah Holliday said she is just thankful to be alive after experiencing what she calls a night from hell. "I saw death... just going to be honest with you. I saw death," Holliday said.

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The Memphis Police Department told FOX13 two people were shot.

“They were yelling out his name," Holliday said of Alvin Hart. "He was already gone. He died right inside of there. He didn’t die at no hospital,” Holliday said.

“It’s a sad case that we can’t do that as citizens and feel comfortable doing it now that so many tragic things are happening throughout the city,” Terry Cobb said.

Terry Cobb is a lifelong friend of Hart who said Hart ran a barbershop minutes away from the restaurant he would lose his life in.

FOX13 spoke to the manager of O’Cielo who told us the shooting stemmed from a group of men wanting to enter the restaurant near closing time.

The manager said the suspects would get into a physical altercation with security, and moments later, gun shots erupted.

“I just came out to listen to music, drink, and have a good time not knowing the place was going to get shot up,” Holliday said.

Police continue to review surveillance video of the incident.

Management at O’Cielo tells FOX13 they are in works of improving their security by hiring more security guards and adding more cameras in and out of the restaurant.

“At the end of the day, we can’t question God,” Cobb said.

Police continue to search for the suspects. If you have any information that will lead police to suspects responsible, call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.


We uncovered a video shot inside the club and posted to Facebook that shows the moment when gunfire erupts. Multiple shots can be heard. 

A 30-year-old man was transported in critical condition.

O'Cielo said in a statement:

"We are truly sorry about the lost victim. Ocielo is now more commitment than ever to provide a security and safety for our customers. Ocielo will continue to do business with new policy's to assure we don't have this problem. Memphis our beautiful city pls we ask you to come together and pray and end violence with each other. We ask you to respect the family members who have been affected by this tragedy."

FOX13's Zach Crenshaw was at the active police scene. Watch his Facebook LIVE video below. 

BREAKING UPDATE: Deadly shooting at O'Cielo Mexican Bar & Grill captured on camera. One person is dead, a second is fighting for their life. WATCH the video from inside the club: Zach Crenshaw FOX13 Memphis is live from the scene.

Posted by FOX13 Memphis on Wednesday, December 14, 2016