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Published on May 22, 2024
Memphis Shaken by Two Fatal Shootings Hours Apart in Frayser, Police Seek LeadsSource: Google Street View

A string of violence has rocked the Frayser neighborhood, leaving two men dead in separate incidents mere hours apart, according to Memphis authorities. The Memphis Police Department is investigating both shootings, which they believe to be unrelated, sending a clear signal of the persistent, echoing cries for intervention in communities besieged by gun violence.

The first of the deadly events unfolded just before 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday when officers found a man shot on the 3300 block of Ardmore Street, as reported by Action News 5. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Within hours, another call dragged officers into the early hours of Wednesday to the 2100 block of Willow Wood Avenue, where, just after 2:50 a.m., MPD discovered another man with a gunshot wound, stated FOX13 Memphis. The victim was urgently taken to Regional One Health but later succumbed to his injuries.

As investigators work to piece together the circumstances of these tragic events, residents are left grappling with the reality that their streets have become stages for these all too frequent acts of violence. Ring camera footage at the second shooting scene captured a tan Ford SUV and someone screaming, "Go back," as per a WREG report. Resident Marcus Watkins, whose driveway became an unintended focal point of the second crime scene, said, "I woke up and saw blood all over the fence and in my yard," and "They said the crime scene happened right here in my yard. So, it's crazy."

The hunt for the shooters continues as detectives call on the public for any leads. Memphis Police Department has relayed no information on potential suspects for both shootings. With the communities in limbo, waiting for answers, those with information are urged to contact Memphis CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH. Details remain scant as the MPD declared both shootings remain active investigations, heightening the urgency felt by a community under siege and longing for closure and safety restored, says WREG.