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Shooting near National Civil Rights Museum leaves one person dead, another injured

UPDATE: The victim who was shot to death has been identified as 22-year-old Thedric Morton. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (LocalMemphis.com) – A family is mourning the d...

UPDATE: The victim who was shot to death has been identified as 22-year-old Thedric Morton.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (LocalMemphis.com) – A family is mourning the death of a loved one after a shooting Friday near the National Civil Rights Museum. 

A second victim is stillrecovering, and the shooter still wanted. 

A trip to the museum for AngelaGregory quickly took a turn when gunfire erupted half a block away. 

“We actually heard itbehind us somewhere. We immediately just took cover,” said Gregory. “I meanwhat can you do. You’ve got kids crying, you’ve got the elders in thewheelchair. Like it was a very scary situation.”

Memphis police say it happenedin the back parking lot of Christyles barber shop. Two people wereinjured, and one of the victims later died. 

“All of a sudden we hear sevenor eight shots rattle off,” said Josh Jacob’s, the owner of Peddler BikeShop. “They were echoing off the building.”

According an owner at thebarbershop, a passerby came inside urging them to call police, saying a man inthis white Honda was injured. Its back window had been shot out. 

Jacobs, whose business is just across the street, says the shooting leaves him concerned. 

“Pretty instantly, I sawpolice responding to it to go and investigate,” said Jacobs. “Then I saw thefire truck leave the station. So at that point I knew that somebody had beenhit.”

Other customers at the museumdescribed chaos following the shots. 

“The courtyard was full,and everybody started panicking and running,” commented Mike Baber. “The guardsgot everybody inside.”

Gregory says she’s grateful morepeople were not hurt. 

“I was terrified because wedon’t know if that person was coming in,” said Gregory. “I mean we tookpictures outside. Everybody was out there taking pictures.”

Christyles bears the name of Coach Penny Hardaway on its sign, and we received this statement regarding his connection to the shop.

Penny Hardaway is saddened by today’s events that took place on Mulberry street.

Penny Hardaway presents Chris Styles Barbershop is not owned by Penny Hardaway, It’s wholly and solely owned by Christopher Rhodes. Over a decade ago Penny Hardaway loaned Mr. Rhodes, his long time barber the money to start the business and allowed him to use his name to promote the business in the community.

Penny will continue to speak out against crime and violence in the Memphis community.

The owner says the victims werenot customers and never came into the shop.

Memphis police are looking for ablack Infiniti, which they believe this suspect is driving. 

If you have any information callCrime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.