Police investigating shooting outside Downtown Memphis hotel

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police say shots were fired Sunday night outside a new hotel in

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police say shots were fired Sunday night outside a new hotel in Downtown Memphis, damaging the hotel and striking a vehicle.

According to police, a man walking in the area of South Front and Beale Street began firing shots into the air around 10 p.m., striking one man’s vehicle and two windows at the Hyatt Centric hotel. Bullet fragments were found inside two rooms at the hotel, investigators said.

No one was hurt, police said.

Early Monday morning officers were seen collecting evidence, tagging dozens of shell casings on the ground as workers at the hotel swept up broken glass. Bullet fragments were found inside two rooms, police said.

According to hyatt.com, the newly built Hyatt Centric hotel is booking reservations beginning Friday, April 9.

Neighbor Terri Perkins said she thought she was hearing firecrackers, not gunfire.

“I was putting my kids to bed for the evening and heard a lot of popping noise, like real fast, like there were so many and it was so fast, I was like, that can’t be gunfire, that many in a row,” Perkins said.

The city’s Data Hub shows 250 reports to police in Downtown’s 38103 ZIP code in the past 30 days. The same period in 2020, there were 172.

Kevin Kane with Memphis Tourism said he expects to see more security near Downtown attractions this year as visitors come back to the area.

“As the crowds come back you got to have more security and more police, and I’m sure we’re going to be expecting that,” Kane said.

If you know anything about this incident that could lead to an arrest, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.