Man found dead in police impound lot more than 6 weeks after shooting

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Police Department has confirmed a man was found dead in an impound lot more than six weeks after he was shot.

The shooting occurred away from the lot on Dec. 18, according to WREG.

Police said two men were sitting in a car when they were approached by three men who tried to rob them.

The suspects shot at the victims after they refused to comply with their demands.

The first victim, a 47-year-old man, was shot multiple times and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The second victim, a 55-year-old man, was sitting in the passenger seat and was not injured during the shooting.

Because of the first victim's injuries, police could not speak to him until Jan. 22, a day before he was released from the hospital.

Police said he confirmed he and the passenger were both sitting in the vehicle when three men approached them and began shooting.

Authorities say the victim went to the police impound lot Monday to retrieve his van that was confiscated during the investigation.

That's when the dead body was found in the rear of the vehicle. The dead man had been there since the shooting more than six weeks earlier and had been shot by the suspects.

"It is believed that one of the shots fired by the suspect fatally wounded the victim," Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings said.

Rallings is very upset and said a body shouldn't have been overlooked.

"Although the cargo van was overly stocked with equipment, there is no explanation as to how the deceased victim remained in the vehicle without being detected by officers on the scene, or why investigators were never advised that there was a third victim involved in this incident," Rallings said.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

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