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Man shot to death in parking lot of east Memphis Kroger, police charge 54-year-old security guard

Investigators said the security guard shot the man after getting into an argument over how loud the victim was playing his music in his car.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 8/10/2021 - Kroger has issued a statement on Saturday's shooting at the Poplar Avenue Fuel Center: 

“We are deeply saddened, extremely angry and horrified by this senseless violence. Our hearts are with the Motley family. This tragic incident involved a third-party contractor onsite to provide security services at our Poplar Avenue Fuel Center. We ask all third-party contractors to respect and honor our core values which include respect, diversity, and inclusion. We want to thank the Memphis Police Department for their swift action. The only outcome we seek is justice.”


8/8/2021: According to the Memphis Police Department, 54-year-old Gregory Livingston has been charged with second degree murder. 


Memphis Police say a man is dead after a shooting in the parking lot of an east Memphis Kroger.

Officers were called to the scene sometime before 8:00 p.m. Saturday to the Kroger Fuel Center in the 6600 block of Poplar Avenue. They found one man dead at the scene.

Investigators have not yet said what led to the shooting. No suspect information has been released. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

This is the same Kroger Fuel Center parking lot where police said two suspects were shot - one of them killed - during an attempted carjacking in September 2020.

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