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The Memphis Police Department released surveillance footage Tuesday of the three suspects linked to the triple shootings on Beale St. on April 10.
The video shows three people walking near the Beale Street entrance by BB King’s. The images, low resolution and grainy, do not show the actual shooting.
According to the Memphis Police Department’s description of events, two groups of men began shooting at each other at 2:18 a.m. in front of officers assigned to the Beale Street Patrol. The police retaliated.
An officer was sitting inside a patrol car when bullets pierced both the car and the officer’s body-worn camera; no injured police officers were reported.
Three officers at the scene were relieved of their duties, a routine procedure after shootings involving officers.
The Commercial Appeal’s media partner, WMC Action News 5, has spoken to the family of the man killed in the shooting, identified as 26-year-old Tacquan Smith. Smith’s mother, Tashia Smith, held Tacquan Smith when he died.
“I had to watch my son, just die in my hands,” said Tashia Smith, adding that her son, a father of four, was an innocent bystander who was shot in the head.
The shooting prompted the Downtown Memphis Commission to reintroduce security measures for the entertainment district; customers must be checked for weapons until 3 a.m., instead of 1 a.m., and customers will also have to pay a $5 fee before browsing bars and music venues.
On Friday, a lawyer representing the Smith family drew attention to safety standards at the time of filming, calling them insufficient.
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No arrests were made. Investigators are looking for help identifying the suspects and encourage those with information about the suspects to call Crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274), text AWARD to 274637 or submit a tip at http://www .528cash.org/. Those who submit a tip have the option of remaining anonymous.
A cash reward of up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby County, Inc. is available if an arrest is made based on a tip.
CA reporter Micaela Watts contributed to this report.
Astrid Kayembe covers South Memphis, Whitehaven and Westwood. She can be reached at [email protected], (901) 304-7929 or on Twitter @astridkayembe_.