MEMPHIS, TN March 13 2019 Memphis police are investigating a deadly shooting outside a bowling alley.
It happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Winchester Bowl on South Mendenhall Road. Police say the shooting stemmed from a fight that started inside the bowling alley involving three or four men.
Security guards broke up the fight and sent the men outside where shots were fired.
Police say a 25-year-old man was trying to leave when someone in a white Ford F-150 truck started shooting, then drove off.
The victim, identified by family as Lamar Smith Jr., died from his injuries.
Smith’s mother said her son was at the bowling alley with friends and wasn’t involved in the initial argument. She says he was the older of her two sons, he was funny and a regular in the church choir.
Smith leaves behind a daughter.
Lakendra Lloyd lives near the Winchester Bowl. She says she didn’t know Smith but his death is shocking nonetheless.
“It’s sad because I’m 25 and he’s still got a whole life to live and a baby has to go without their father,” said Lloyd.
She says her neighborhood is pretty quiet but the bowling alley gets busy on Sundays and the parking lot is full.
A nearby business owner, Aaron Kearney, says he hasn’t had a problem in the 16 years he’s been in the neighborhood, but waking up to news of the shooting is sad.
“It takes a village to raise, and it takes a village to look out for everybody in your neighborhood, and I think that’s what’s missing,” said Kearney, owner of East Memphis Pizza and Subs.
Police are looking at surveillance footage to identify the suspect.