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Shots fired in front of new downtown Memphis hotel, building hit

A vehicle and the Hyatt Centric were damaged by gunfire Sunday night.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new Downtown Memphis hotel, scheduled to open this week, was damaged Sunday night when a man walking down the street was firing a gun.

Memphis police say, officers responded to an aggravated assault at S. Front and Beale just after 10 p.m. A man told officers he was sitting at the red light at S. Front and Beale when he saw an unknown man walking down the street firing shots into the air.  The man quickly drove off, but, pulled over near Vance when he realized his vehicle had been hit by bullets.

The victim said, he did not recognize the suspect nor did he see who or if he was shooting at anyone.

A maintenance worker at the Hyatt Centric at 33 Beale told officers that he was in his room when he heard shots being fired. He said he saw a man on the southeast corner of Front Street firing a gun. 

He said that after firing shots, the man ran south on Front Street. He could not give a description of suspect.

Nobody was injured.

The new Hyatt Centric Hotel, which is scheduled to open on April 8, sustained damage to two hotel rooms where the window was shot. Bullet fragments were also found inside the rooms.

This is an ongoing investigation.