• Reward offered for suspect firing shots downtown in Facebook Live video

    By: Zach Crenshaw


    UPDATE 9:15 a.m. 

    Memphis police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 through CrimeStoppers for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who was caught on Facebook Live firing shots downtown. 

    If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH or text your tip and the word AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES). 


    Gunfire erupted just feet away from crowded Beale Street late Saturday night.

    The shootout was captured on Facebook Live by a couple enjoying the warm weather on their apartment balcony.

    No one was injured during the shooting.

    As cars shuffled out of the parking lot the man behind the camera of Facebook Live made an ominous prediction.

    “Someone is going to get shot tonight.”

    Seconds later, guns were being fired. 

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    Fortunately, the only causality was parked cars.

    Darrel Levy also witnessed the shooting.

    "It was an exchange of fire. It wasn't just them," said Darrel Levy, who witnessed the shooting. "You see like people getting low. It's crazy."

    Levy called the shooting crazy because of the proximity of Beale Street, but said he was not really surprised.

    "Coming from where we come from, you see that stuff every day."

    Memphis police officers were out investigating more Sunday afternoon.

    The ones who initially responded told the witness who Facebook Live'd that they had to come from another precinct, because officers at the downtown precinct did not have time to respond to shootings where no was injured.

    In the last two months, multiple people have been shot downtown, one two separate occasions at Tom Lee Park. Memphians say the violence is not only unsettling, it’s bad for the city’s image.

     "You hear about Memphis and that's mainly what you hear, gunshots. People dying almost every day," said Levy.

     Ron Smith was visiting the area from New Jersey, and was startled to see the video.

     "Wow. I can't wait to get back to Jersey."

     Tourists come and go, but Memphians are left wondering what can curb violence in the heart of the city.

     "There's got to be more done and it's got to be more than just police doing it," said Beverly Wilson from Memphis.

     "Clamp down on it, just clamp down on it. Always patrol these type of areas," said Levy. 

    "What if they hit a child, or a woman, or an innocent bystander that has nothing to do with the situation?"



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