MPD searching for 3 persons of interest after double shootings in Whitehaven that killed 1, injured 10

Published: Feb. 19, 2023 at 7:41 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2023 at 10:40 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Memphis Police Department is searching for three men in connection to a mass shooting at a Whitehaven nightclub that left one dead and injured nearly a dozen people.

MPD responded to the shooting at Live Lounge located at 1482 East Shelby Drive at 12:43 a.m.

Police say when they arrived, two victims were located and taken to Regional One Hospital in critical condition.

While on that scene, officers received information of another shooting at Shelby Drive and Boeingshire Drive.

When officers arrived, a man was pronounced dead on the scene, and three other victims were taken to Regional One Hospital in critical condition, according to police.

With both scenes included, which police believe to be connected, there are 11 victims in total

“Since this club has been open, it’s always gunshots. It’s always you know something,” Mercedes King, a nearby resident, stated. “I mean, where can you go without actually having to look over your shoulders all the time.”

On Sunday morning, the five victims who were in non-critical condition were released from the hospital. The five additional victims remain in critical condition, according to police.

The tragedy caught the attention of Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley, whose district includes the Whitehaven area. He said he is fed up with gun violence and called for stricter gun legislation to end the crime.

“Pass some reasonable gun legislation so that we can limit the amount of guns in the City of Memphis,” said Councilman Smiley.

But in the meantime, the city councilman said the community needs to make a decision to speak up and say enough is enough.

“We know our cousins, we know every individual who has some type of connection with every crime in the city,” said Smiley. “We have to decide we’re going to stop, putting our heads down, stop putting our heads in the sand and do something about it.”

MPD is still unaware as to why a shooting unfolded, but they have provided photos of three persons of interest.

Memphis police have not released any more information on the suspects or identity of the man who died.

Suspects (3rd suspect believed to be injured)
Suspects (3rd suspect believed to be injured)(Memphis Police Department)

Police say the individual in the black t-shirt, with green writing, may have been injured and needs medical attention.

Anyone with information about this incident or who can identify these individuals should call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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