Man in custody for firing shots inside downtown hotel

Shots fired at downtown hotel

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department arrested a man accused of firing shots inside a downtown hotel Friday morning.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. in the lobby of Hilton Garden Inn on Union Avenue.

No one was injured in the shooting, but the suspect was able to run away, leading police on a morning-long chase.

Near 8 a.m., police identified the suspect as 26-year-old Alexander Kahman.

Alexander Kahman, 26 (Source: SCSO)
Alexander Kahman, 26 (Source: SCSO) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

Officers found his backpack, but Kahman was able to evade police for a bit longer.

Around 8:30, police were able to track down Kahman in the area of Lamar Avenue and Bellevue Boulevard.

Police said Kahman had injuries to his hand from punching a glass door at the hotel.

"He shot through the glass door and it shattered the glass and he punched through the glass door and by that time the door opened up. He then walked in and started firing shots," said Karen Rudolph, Memphis police.

Surveillence video captured Kahmann holding a pistol with broken glass on the floor. Two hotel employees hid in a back room and were uninjured.

Downtown hotel shots fired

Kahmann ran out the back door.

"We called in our K-9 unit to help, aviation was able to get up. We even called in our harbor patrol to make sure they were patrolling the rivers in case he went that way," said Rudolph.

An ambulance took Kahmann to Regional One for an injured hand.

WMC Action News 5 crews captured Kahman being loaded into an ambulance.
WMC Action News 5 crews captured Kahman being loaded into an ambulance. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

"It's a beautiful brand new hotel in a great location. Just an unfortunate situation," said Kevin Kane, Memphis Tourism president.

Kevin Kane with Memphis Tourism says downtown hotels hold regular safety meetings and have on-site security. Serious incidents are a rare occurrence.

"They communicate with each other around the downtown area so they are constantly talking," said Kane.

Police believe the actions taken by hotel employees saved lives.

"Luckily they did what they should have done. He wanted access to a room, they didn't allow him access and told him, 'hey you don't a room here so you'll have to leave,'" said Rudolph.

It was later determined that Kahmann was staying at the nearby Hampton Inn with his mother.

Police have learned Kahmann was in the process of moving from Chicago to California, but it’s unclear why they stopped in Memphis.He was taken to the hospital to receive treatment.

It’s unclear what charges he will face at this time.

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