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Baptist Memorial says "campus was never compromised" during massive police response Monday

Memphis Police said three men were detained after officers responded to a call about shooting victims at the hospital, then a car break-in.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A massive police response on Walnut Grove came after a call telling officers that "several subjects" were breaking into a vehicle at Baptist East, according to the Memphis Police Department (MPD). 

MPD said three people were detained after a police chase on foot.

Investigators said it all started toward 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2023, which is when officers responded to a call at Baptist Memorial Hospital in the 6000 block of Walnut Grove about two shooting victims who arrived by private vehicle.

Memphis police said that shortly after that, Baptist employees alerted them about a vehicle being broken into.

MPD Sergeant Louis Brownlee said police do believe that the shooting victims arriving at Baptist and the car burglary are somehow connected. The shooting victims have minor injuries, he said.

The original shooting scene was in the 6000 block of Squire Court, according to Brownlee. No arrests have been made relative to that, he said. 

Officers on the scene were called for backup "because of the crowd that swelled" — essentially assisting with crowd control, according to Brownlee. 

No officers were injured in this incident, according to MPD. This is an ongoing investigation, according to MPD. 

Baptist Memorial released the following statement Tuesday morning: "The health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff members are our top priorities. We are still getting the facts about the situation that occurred last night, but we can confirm our campus was never compromised and was always safe. To avoid jeopardizing the active investigation being led by the Memphis Police Department, it would be inappropriate for us to share any other details. However, we would like to acknowledge our campus security team for staying alert and immediately reporting their concerns to MPD. We would also like to express our gratitude to MPD for their quick response and large show of support."

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