Suspect in custody after firing shots inside downtown Memphis hotel

Suspect in custody after firing shots inside downtown Memphis hotel

Alexander Kahmann, the man accused of shooting inside the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Memphis, is in custody.

Police said he was located in the area of Lamar and Bellevue. He had an injury on his hand from punching a glass door at the hotel, according to MPD, so he was taken to a local hospital to be treated.

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Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Friday, April 19, 2019

The police investigation surrounding Kahmann began around 3 a.m. Friday morning after shots were fired inside a downtown Memphis hotel.

Police said a man fired several shots in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn on Union Avenue. The glass door to the lobby was shattered and crime scene tape lined the lobby.

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Hours later, police identified the suspect as Alexander Kahmann, 26 of Chicago. He is ex-military, but MPD did not disclose additional information about his time in the armed services.

An MPD spokesperson said he was staying at a different hotel in downtown and ended up at the Hilton. It is believed he and a family member were traveling through Memphis on the way to California.

Investigators were able to identify him with the help of that family member. She wasn’t with him at the time that shots were fired, but later arrived and assisted police.

Police said Kahmann asked a clerk at the Hilton for information about someone staying in a certain room. When the clerk didn’t give him information, he allegedly got angry and opened fire.

The clerk and a security guard were the only people in the lobby, according to MPD. Kahmann allegedly chased them down a hallway; and once they ran into a room, he ran out of the hotel.

Police said he reached a fence and couldn’t get through it with his backpack, so he ditched it.

Hours after the gunshots were fired, police located Kahmann about two miles away from the Hilton Garden Inn.

According to the arrest affidavit, Criminal Attempt to Wit First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment and Possession of Firearm During Commission of Dangerous Felony.

NOTE: Investigators did not find a connection between Kahmann and the person staying in the room he asked about.