Updated Feb 20, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Memphis mass shooting leaves 1 dead, 10 wounded

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Police tape at the scene of a shooting in California. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

A mass shooting in Memphis, Tennessee, early Sunday morning left one person dead and 10 others wounded.

Driving the news: Police responded to news of a shooting shortly before 1am Sunday and found two victims critically wounded at the scene, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement.

  • The Memphis Police Department identified 21-year-old Julius Freeman as a person of interest over the shooting on Monday, saying he was charged with second-degree murder, five counts of attempted second-degree murder and five counts of possessing a firearm to commit a dangerous felony
  • The two victims were transported to a local hospital. Five additional victims, not in critical condition, drove themselves to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries.
  • The shooting reportedly occurred at the Live Lounge, a popular venue in Memphis.
  • While at the scene, officers received word of additional shooting victims at a nearby location.
  • At the second scene, police found one deceased male victim and three more people wounded, who were transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

State of play: The two scenes are believed to be connected, according to the statement from Memphis Police.

  • However, it's not yet clear what events occurred prior to the shooting.
  • "There is no solid descriptions of the suspect(s). It is unknown if the suspect(s) are known to the victims," the statement added, noting that an investigation is ongoing.
  • In a later update, Memphis police added that there are three persons of interest investigators wished to speak to regarding the shooting. The update was accompanied by photos of three Black men, one of whom might have been injured in the shooting, and asked for the public's help in identifying them.
  • Police added that the five injured victims who had not been in critical condition have been released from the hospital, but that the other five victims remain in critical condition.

The big picture: The U.S. has already seen more than 75 mass shootings this year as of Saturday, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the arrest and charging of a person of interest in the case.

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