Birthday party ends with 7 shot

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (WDTN) — A child’s birthday party in Tennessee ends in tragedy with seven people shot and one of them dead.

Neighbors believe the shooting was gang related. They said people were hanging out on a porch when several gunmen opened fire and then ran.

It happened at a two-year-old’s birthday party in Dyersburg, about 80 miles north of Memphis.

Police said seven people were hit by gunfire. According to neighbors, the 21-year-old woman who was killed is the mother of the birthday child.

Among those rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds was a six-year-old. A neighbor helped the little girl before medics arrived, performing CPR on her.

“She was gasping for breath and all I knew was to try and keep performing CPR to keep her breathing, keep her heart rate up,” said Stephanie Childress who performed CPR.

The conditions of the victims are not known. Police say they are searching for up to three people they consider suspects. A motive has not been determined. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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