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

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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 still recovering, and the shooter still wanted. 

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

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

Memphis police say it happened in the back parking lot of Christyles barber shop. Two people were injured, and one of the victims later died. 

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

According an owner at the barbershop, a passerby came inside urging them to call police, saying a man in this 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 saw police responding to it to go and investigate,” said Jacobs. “Then I saw the fire truck leave the station. So at that point I knew that somebody had been hit.”

Other customers at the museum described chaos following the shots. 

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

Gregory says she’s grateful more people were not hurt. 

“I was terrified because we don’t know if that person was coming in,” said Gregory. “I mean we took pictures 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 were not customers and never came into the shop.

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

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

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