MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man originally charged in a shooting at Cru Lounge in midtown Memphis in March 2023, whose case was dismissed in May, is now back behind bars facing charges in that same shooting.
Court records show a grand jury indicted Romerick Humphrey Aug. 25 on charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and employing a firearm to commit a felony. He is currently in the Shelby County Jail on $20,000 bond.
Memphis Police Department responded to the shooting at the lounge in the 1500 block of Madison Ave. just before 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2023. They found two people shot, and the victims were taken to a nearby hospital.
According to the original affidavit in the case against Humphrey, a witness told investigators a man later identified as Humphrey had been kicked out of the club. They said Humphrey returned several minutes later with a rifle and began shooting “indiscriminately while he was in the middle of the road.” The affidavit said the victims had been waiting to go into the club.
MPD released surveillance photos of a suspect on March 31, and CrimeStoppers said they got a tip soon after, which led them to Humphreys. The affidavit said Humphrey was identified in a photo lineup.
According to Shelby County court records, all charges against Humphrey were originally dismissed during a court hearing Friday, May 5, 2023, "due to lack of prosecution." At the time, the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office said it argued for probable cause during the preliminary hearing, but the judge did not find any and the charges were dropped. The D.A.'s office said that was likely due in large part to the unavailability of key witnesses. The D.A.'s office said at the time it intended to submit the charges again for indictment to the Grand Jury, which happened and led to the indictment on Aug. 25.