An investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Memphis Police Department’s Multi-Agency Gang Unit showed 64 calls for illegal activity since the March 2017 opening of V Live Memphis at 3569 S. Mendenhall, including shootings inside and outside the club resulting in several injuries and the deaths of two people.
A temporary injunction/restraining order closing the club was filed by Gen. Weirich and Bruce McMullen, Chief Legal Officer and Memphis City Attorney, and granted by Judge Patrick Dandridge of General Sessions Environmental Court Division XIV.
Named as the owners are Fadi Abdallah and Jamie Hampton. A hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday July 3 when they will be asked to show cause why the temporary closing should not become permanent.
“This petition is filed in an effort to stop what appears to be an ongoing and increasing problem of criminal conduct at the 3659 S. Mendenhall property,” Gen. Weirich said in the petition. “The property has been open for approximately 15 months with the level of violence increasing over time. V Live Memphis is an uncontrolled danger and a nuisance which has negatively impacted the surrounding community and tied up hundreds of hours from responding officers at the Ridgeway Station.”
V Live is a franchise with additional locations in Chicago, Atlanta and Miami. A V Live club in Houston was closed as a public nuisance in September 2016 because of aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults and shootings.
The V Live Memphis club is less than a mile from four schools and two residential neighborhoods.
Sheriff’s officers and MGU investigators reported that on June 30, 2017, the club was hosting an after party for Memphis rapper Yo Gotti when patrons of the club fired shots at a vehicle on the V Live Memphis parking lot. A stray bullet hit a passing motorist driving on South Mendenhall. The victim, Darrell Hinton, 24, was hospitalized in critical condition and died on May 19 this year from his injuries. The shooter has not been identified.
In an incident on June 10 this year, Derrick Harris, a rapper known as RichLord, and Marcquis Hymon, both documented gang members, were shot inside the club by an unidentified male. Harris, 32, died of his gunshot injuries on June 25. Surveillance video showed several patrons throwing gang signs which led to a fight and shots being fired inside the club, causing mass panic.
In an incident on May 20 this year, a female patron was shot in the leg during a fight that also was precipitated by patrons throwing rival gang signs at one another. Surveillance video shows seven men armed with two rifles and five handguns running inside the club and heading outside. The victim said she was running to her car in the parking lot when she heard 15 to 20 shots and felt a sharp pain in her lower left leg.
On Nov. 8, 2017, agents with the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission and vice detectives seized 242 bottles of liquor and made three arrests at the V Live Memphis club, which does not have a license to sell liquor. Officers also have seized marijuana and cocaine inside the club.
The nuisance petition is being handled by Asst. City Prosecutor Kenya Hooks.