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Statement from Memphis Police Department Re: Bradford Investigation
For release: October 1, 2007
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The Memphis Police Department held a news conference at 3:30 (CST) today and released the following statement —

The Memphis Police Department will continue the investigation into Sunday night’s shooting that fatally wounded a 21year old student at the University of Memphis identified as Taylor Bradford of Nashville, Tennessee.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and University of Memphis Police Bruce Harber will convene a press conference at 3:30 pm on Monday, October 1, 2007 to brief the media on the shooting incident.

"This tragic incident has brought a great amount of grief to the entire campus community and the City of Memphis. The investigation will continue until the case is solved," says Police Director Larry Godwin.

On Sunday, September 30, 2007, University of Memphis Police responded to a car crash on Zach Curlin near Central at 9:47 pm. Campus police located a white 2-door Lincoln Town Coupe with  heavy front end damage that struck a tree. Upon further investigation, campus officials observed a male sitting in the driver seat suffering from a gunshot wound.  Memphis Fire Department ambulance arrived on the scene and transported Bradford to the MED in critical condition where he later died.

University of Memphis Police issued a campus safety alert informing students and campus staff of the shooting. The residential housing was temporarily closed as police conducted the scene investigation near and on the university campus.

"The University of Memphis Police will continue to assist the Memphis Police Department in this investigation. The university will work to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff," said Bruce Harber, Director of University of Memphis Police Director.

No suspects have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting at the time of this release.

The motive of the shooting has not been determined.

MPD Homicide Bureau and the University of Memphis Police are urging anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

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