Noted Memphis musician B.B. Cunningham Jr., a longtime member of Jerry Lee Lewis’s band, was killed in a shooting early Sunday morning, according to police and a member of his family.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning at the Cherry Crest Apartments in Southeast Memphis. According to police, the 70-year-old Cunningham, a security guard in a neighboring apartment complex, heard a shot in the Cherry Crest Apartments and went to investigate. When police arrived at the complex at 1460 Cherry, both Cunningham and a 16-year-old boy were found dead from gunshot wounds.
Reached at his home in the Washington D.C. area, Cunningham’s brother Bill, a founding member of ’60s Memphis pop-soul band the Box Tops, could only verify that his brother had been shot and killed in the incident.
Sunday afternon, bloodstains and a latex glove left behind by police could be seen in the courtyard of the rundown apartment complex.
Byny Garcia lives in a unit on the second floor, across the courtyard from the shooting. He was listening to music when he and his wife heard the gunshots.
“It’s like five or six shots. I don’t think anything about this because it’s common,” he said.
Garcia pointed to the bloodstains near a sapling, saying that’s where the teenager fell. Cunningham was about 30-40 feet away, near a stairway.