Beale Street Safety Over Holiday Weekend

Beale Street Safety Over Holiday Weekend

While two July 4th shootings are a concern, many people say they still feel safe celebrating on Beale.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Is safety on Beale Street in question for thousands of people celebrating the holiday weekend?

"It's a big city. You're always gonna have something that's gonna happen. You can't stop it. You can't say crime-free area because it's not, nothing is. It's no more than anywhere else," said Leo "Tater Red" Allred.

After two shootings on July 4th, Leo Allred says he feels safe on Beale Street. Allred is the owner of Tater Red's Lucky Mojo's, which opened on Beale back in 1984. He has seen crime play its role whenever thousands of people gather downtown for festivities.

"When there's a lot of people having fun there's always someone who might be a little disgruntled, they've had maybe to much happiness," said Allred.

It was far from happiness Thursday night right before a firework display. A 13-year-old was shot in the leg and shortly after midnight, a 16-year-old was shot nearby. The two shootings are a concern, but many people say they still feel safe celebrating on Beale.

"July 4th, usually people are drinking, a lot of people are carelessly drinking, and most of the time there is an accident that's gonna happen along July 4th and I think it's just that date and after that, this weekend I've got no problem going down there," said Nathan Scroggins.
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