6 people shot, 4 dead in Memphis shootings early Sunday

Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 3:49 PM CDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Police say six people were shot in four separate shootings in a span of five hours early Sunday morning.

Police say at least four of the shooting victims died from their injuries.

I-240/Airways Boulevard

Investigators say someone shot two men on I-240 east of Airways Boulevard around 2 a.m.

They say it appears the unidentified shooter(s) was driving behind the victims on the interstate.

Police say one of the victims, a 36-year-old man, died from his injuries.

They say the other victim was listed in critical condition.


Around 4 a.m. police rushed over to the 3800 block of Macon Road in Berclair, where they found a man and woman with gunshot wounds.

Police say both died a short time later.

Investigators say 34-year-old Michael Barkley is responsible for the shooting. The two victims were Barkley’s roommates.

Police say the victims’ young son was in the house and saw the man who he knew as “Mike” standing over his mother with a gun. They say after shooting the boy’s parents, “Mike” simply walked past the boy and left.

Police say the male victim also identified Barkley as the shooter before he died. Barkley is facing two first-degree murder charges.

South Memphis

At 6:20 a.m. police responded to a shooting on Mississippi Boulevard near Crump Boulevard in South Memphis.

Investigators say a woman was critically injured in the shooting, which they say was sparked by an argument with a known suspect.

Police say the suspect remains at large.

Parkway Village

Around 7 a.m. police say they received a report of two males breaking into a house on Almo Avenue.

Police say one of the males was shot and killed.

They say the other male fled the scene.

Moe Spencer, who has lived in Parkway Village for about a decade, says crime appears to be getting worse across the city.

“It’s always crime going on everywhere, but something like this happening, this is crazy. This is getting worse,” said Spencer. “You got to stay safe. Just stay safe out here. Stay out the way.”

Anyone with information about any of these shootings is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH. You will remain anonymous.

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