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Two men indicted in deadly shooting outside midtown Memphis restaurant

21-year-old Johnathan Parker and 19-year-old Stewart Sumlin are charged in the death of 18-year-old Carell Robinson outside the Cook Out on Union Avenue.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 12/14/2021 - A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted two men in a deadly shooting at a drive-thru at the Cook Out in midtown Memphis in July 2021.

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said 21-year-old Jonathan Parker and 19-year-old Stewart Sumlin were indicted on charges of second-degree murder, attempted second degree murder, and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Parker was also indicted on charges of tampering with evidence and theft of property over $10,000. Both men are being held in the Shelby County Jail.

The shooting happened just after 1:00 a.m. July 9, 2021 at the Cook Out in the 1400 block of union Avenue. Investigators said witnesses heard shots fired involving two vehicles in the drive-thru. One of the vehicles headed to the emergency room at Methodist University Hospital, with 19-year-old Carell Robinson shot in the head. He died at the hospital.

Prosecutors said Parker and Sumlin are both gang members and admitted their involvement in the shooting.

Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jonathan Parker
Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Stewart Sumlin


8/11/2021 - Memphis Police have charged two men in a shooting outside the Cook Out restaurant in midtown.

21-year-old Johnathan Parker and 19-year-old Stewart Sumlin have been arrested in the deadly shooting.

According to the police affidavit, officers were near the Cook Out July 9, 2021, when they heard gunshots coming from behind the restaurant, which was open with people in the parking lot and drive-thru. The officers saw a black Infiniti leave and head to Methodist University Hospital, where 18-year-old Carell Robinson was found in the back seat shot in the head. He died a short time later.

According to the affidavit, the driver and passenger in the car with Robinson told officers they were in the drive-thru, when another black Infiniti pulled behind them, and a guy got out of the back and walked around the back of their car. They told police they guy went back to the other car, then gunshots rang out, one of which went through the back window and hit Robinson.

Investigators said they brought in three people – including Parker and Sumlin – who police said were members of a local gang. Police said one man identified Parker and Sumlin as a driver and passenger in the suspect’s vehicle. That same person told police that Sumlin was armed.

According to the affidavit, Parker admitted to investigators that he was driving and had a gun, which he fired at the other vehicle. Police said Parker also admitted the Infiniti he was driving was stolen a few weeks before from the Cook Out parking lot. Investigators said Parker told them he gave the gun he used to a “friend.”

Parker is charged with second degree murder, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and theft of property $10,000 to $60,000.

Sumlin is charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault.


7/10/2021 - Memphis Police said Friday night the victim, an 18-year-old man, died from his injuries.


7/9/2021 - One person is in critical condition after people in two vehicles were shooting at each other Friday outside the Cook Out restaurant in Midtown Memphis.

Memphis police say, officers heard gunshots around 1:20 a.m. at 1463 Union. Officers saw two vehicles were seen speeding away from the scene.  They were able to get behind a black Infiniti that drove to Methodist University Hospital.  In that car was a shooting victim.

While at the hospital, officers received a shooting call at I-40 and Madison involving an Infiniti

It was determined that both scenes were connected.

One person had active warrants and has been detained.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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