Stampeding Crowds Caused Chaos on Beale Street

Stampeding Crowds Caused Chaos on Beale Street

Police say the first stampede broke out just before 1 a.m. Sunday; investigators haven't said what may have caused it, but witnesses tell abc24.com it sounded like someone set off fireworks.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Marlo Starks says they started coming out of nowhere.

Starks was inside the Beale Street Gift Shop around 1 a.m. Sunday when a human tidal wave flooded into the store.

"Non-stop. Non-stop," Starks said. "Crazy, super crazy like New Year's Eve night."

Police say the first stampede broke out just before 1 a.m. Sunday; investigators haven't said what may have caused it, but witnesses tell abc24.com it sounded like someone set off fireworks. 

Minutes later, police on bike patrol saw a flash mob form, which caused people to run. Eventually, the crowds dispersed. There were no reports of any injuries, but two windows were broken at A. Schwab's and several were arrested for disorderly conduct.

"It was so crowded somebody got pushed into it," said Terry Saunders, who owns A. Schwabs. 

"For eight hours it stood open and no one took anything," she said. 

Clete Bridges was polishing shoes on Saturday night and was injured trying to avoid the stampede.

"They ran over my shoulder It is sore now," he said.

Officers were also called to Club 152 that same night after a woman was stabbed inside the club while trying to break up a fight on the dance floor. She received a stab wound to her thigh and was transported to The MED in non-critical condition. The suspect, who was known to the victim, left before police arrived. So far there have been no arrests.

Club 152 was shut down by the DA's office early last week, but re-opened in time for the weekend after the club's ownership group struck a deal with prosecutors. The club is under court supervision for a year.
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