2 Killed, 14 Critically Injured in Memphis Shooting at Unsanctioned Block Party

A deadly mass shooting at an unsanctioned block party in Memphis leaves 2 dead and 14 injured, reigniting the debate on gun violence and public safety. Police are seeking suspects and urging witnesses to come forward.

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2 Killed, 14 Critically Injured in Memphis Shooting at Unsanctioned Block Party

2 Killed, 14 Critically Injured in Memphis Shooting at Unsanctioned Block Party

On April 16, 2024, a mass shooting occurred at an unsanctioned block party in Orange Mound Park in Memphis, Tennessee, leaving two men dead and 14 others critically injured.

According to Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis, a young man fired randomly into the crowd from his car near the park during the party, which had an estimated 200 to 300 attendees.

The shooting took place around 7:19 p.m., and there were no immediate arrests reported. Police initially reported 16 people shot, but later revised the number to 8 total victims, with 2 pronounced dead at the scene and 1 remaining in critical condition. Chief Davis condemned the "senseless acts of violence" and noted that the event did not appear to have been issued a city permit.

Authorities believe that at least two individuals fired weapons during the incident, and they are currently seeking the suspects. The police are investigating the matter and examining video footage, urging anyone with additional video of the incident to provide it to CrimeStoppers.

Why this matters: The Orange Mound Park shooting is the latest in a series of high-profile mass shootings in the United States, reigniting the ongoing debate about gun violence and public safety. The incident also raises questions about the regulation and permitting of large public gatherings and the responsibility of organizers to ensure the safety of attendees.

In a statement, Chief Davis said, "This is a tragedy that did not have to happen. We must come together as a community to stop these senseless acts of violence. If you have any information about this incident, please come forward and help us bring those responsible to justice." The identities of the deceased victims and the conditions of the injured patients have not been provided, as the investigation into the shooting continues.

Key Takeaways

  • The mass shooting at an unsanctioned block party in Memphis, TN, left 2 dead, and 14 others injured.
  • The shooting occurred around 7:19 pm, with no immediate arrests reported.
  • Police believe at least 2 individuals fired weapons, and are seeking suspects.
  • The event did not have city permit, raising questions about regulation of large gatherings.
  • Police chief condemns "senseless acts of violence" and urges community to come forward.