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Damein Hawkins killed in shooting on Beale Street near Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe

27-year-old Quaverre Rogers arrested and charged for the murder.



A man was fatally shot on Beale Street, prompting a swift dispersal of the crowd and culminating in an arrest following a police pursuit.

Memphis Police Department (MPD) officers were conducting a patrol on Beale Street just before 2 a.m. on March 17th when a disturbance erupted near a café.

Upon hearing gunfire and observing the scattering of bystanders, officers witnessed Damein Hawkins lying on the ground, as detailed in a court document.

An officer positioned approximately 50 feet away reported seeing another man, later identified as Quaverre Rogers, standing over Hawkins with a handgun aimed at him.

Subsequently, police initiated a pursuit of Rogers northbound on Rufus Thomas Boulevard, eventually apprehending him.

Police reported discovering a handgun that had been altered into a machine gun concealed in Roger’s waistband.

Additionally, law enforcement found a live 10-mm round casing and a magazine containing approximately eight live rounds on the sidewalk at the site of the shooting.

According to police, video footage obtained depicted Rogers purportedly firing at Hawkins.

The footage also captured Rogers standing over Hawkins, aiming the weapon at him once more, and attempting to discharge another round before escaping.

Rogers faces charges of second-degree murder and possession of illegal firearms, with bail set at $750,000.