Tops Bar-B-Q back open, but shooting leaves neighbors shaken

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The lunch crowd returned to normal Wednesday at a popular Tops Bar-B-Q restaurant on Summer Avenue, a day after a shooting outside left a man in serious condition.

According to police, 26-year-old Antonio Johnson was found shot inside a white Nissan Altima on the lot behind Tops. He was taken to Regional One Hospital, where he remains in serious condition.

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The shooting forced the Highland Heights restaurant to temporarily shut down. A woman in the vehicle was detained and police confiscated a pistol and marijuana.

It’s unclear what sparked the shooting. Police are looking for a suspect in a gray truck.

Luis Hernandez, the manager at Furniture Central across the street, said he was working on a computer when he heard three or four gunshots.

“I immediately looked over at the camera to look around and see what was going on, and we saw a vehicle pull out at a high rate of speed,” he said.

Hernandez declined to share the surveillance video with WREG, saying he doesn’t believe the vehicle is connected with the shooting, and may have been a panicked customer.

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“I mean anybody in that situation would have just fled quickly, because if I heard gunshots, I’m definitely not staying to find out what happened,” he said.

Hernandez says he rushed to get employees and customers into a safe place.

“We’re just hoping that it’s not an upward trend and that was just a rare instance,” he said.

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