Memphis musician killed while helping co-worker

Memphis musician killed while helping co-worker

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This Oct. 2, 1996 photo shows musician B.B. Cunningham Jr., in Memphis, Tenn. Cunningham Jr., a member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, was killed in a Memphis shootout early Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. Police said Cunningham was working as a security guard at an apartment complex on Memphis' southeast side, when he heard a gunshot at the neighboring Cherry Crest apartments and went to investigate. Police didn't provide details, but they said when officers arrived, both the 70-year-old Cunningham and a 16-year-old boy were found dead from gunshot wounds. The teenager has not been identified.( AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Claude Jones)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police say a Memphis musician who played with Jerry Lee Lewis was trying to help a fellow security guard when he was killed in a shootout.

Memphis police say 70-year-old B.B. Cunningham died early Sunday. He was working as a security guard at an apartment complex when he was shot.

Police said a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man had fired shots at another security guard when Cunningham responded. Cunningham chased them into another apartment complex. When the second guard arrived, he found Cunningham and the teen lying in a courtyard.

Authorities did not say who shot Cunningham or the 16-year-old. The 22-year-old man, who had fled the scene, was charged with first-degree murder.

Cunningham had a 1967 hit, "Let it All Hang Out," with his own band the Hombres.
 

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