AceShowbiz - A deadly shooting erupted at a Tennessee restaurant owned by Yo Gotti. Two people were killed and at least five others were injured after a barrage of gunfire erupted in the parking lot of Prive restaurant in Memphis, following a brawl inside the eatery.
Memphis police confirmed that on Wednesday, March 29 at 11:17 P.M., officers responded to a shooting outside 6980 Winchester. According to police reports, the shooting happened a little after closing.
When officers arrived, two male victims were found on the scene. One was pronounced dead in the parking lot and the other was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
Five others, four men and a woman, arrived at hospitals by private vehicles. The men were ages 37, 35, 31 and 30. The woman was 25 years old. Their conditions are currently unknown.
Footage obtained by TMZ shows the brawl that led to the shooting. In the surveillance video, a tense argument ensued after a man in a red jacket slammed into a group and someone tossed a drink. A man in a blue jacket, who was actually on crutches but handed them to a woman, then joined in the fight and began throwing punches.
It appeared that security managed to separate them, but the fight continued outside in the parking lot. The man in the blue hoodie was seen hopping on one foot and yelling at onlookers, before firing shots with what appears to be a semi-automatic weapon, hitting a man in black several times.
The video then cuts to him hobbling away from the scene as two bodies lied on the pavement. Someone appeared to make a frantic phone call while the assailant, who has not been identified, fled the scene. He is still at large.
Gotti, who purchased the restaurant for his mother, was not involved in the brawl and the shooting as he was not in Memphis on the night of the incident. None of his family members are among the victims.
Following the shooting, Arthur Horne, the owners' lawyer, said in a statement, "On behalf of Prive, they've been in business for 10 years, and nothing like this has ever happened at their establishment." Horne claimed the altercation occurred in the parking lot, not inside the restaurant as stated by authorities.
"It happened out in the parking lot, and it ended up in a shootout," he said. "Nothing happened inside the restaurant. Despite any conflicting reports, they were closing, and this happened at the end of the evening in the parking lot." The owners also extended their condolences to the families of the victims.