'30 day no killing' decree fails in less than 24 hours

'30 day no killing' decree fails in less than 24 hours
Published: Jul. 12, 2016 at 3:41 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2016 at 8:40 AM CDT
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(Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A decree issued by Interim Police Director Michael Rallings to go 30 days without killing failed when a man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting happened near the intersection of East Raines Road and Airways Boulevard. The victim was first reported as being in extremely critical condition, but doctor's later announced that he did not survive his injuries.

Monday afternoon, Interim Police Director Michael Rallings asked protesters to help him by agreeing to a 30 day moratorium on killing. That moratorium did not last 24 hours.

Memphis Police Department continues to investigate the shooting.

Officers have not determined why the man was shot, but they do think a group of people are to blame. Witnesses told officers a woman and three or four men were seen driving away from the shooting in a small white car.

Everett Burke said his brother-in-law, Brandon Byers, was the man shot and killed.

"I heard a lot of screaming outside. I woke up and I went outside to see what was going on," Burke said. "You see somebody taking their last breath--it is awful. You are right there close to them."

Burke said Byers and his sister have three small children who were inside the apartment when three men and a woman kicked in the door to the apartment.

"They actually had hands on my niece," Burke said. "She was on the way to the restroom and one of them covered her mouth with their hand."

Burke said the suspects took a TV and his nephew's video game system.

The children were unharmed, but Burke said he wants to know why the suspects didn't listen when Rallings asked the Black Lives Matter movement to stop the killing for 30 days.

Burke said he is nervous and anxious and just wants the violence to stop.

"All these people using guns and killing people. l mean, you're not doing God's work and you're not doing anything positive out here."

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