October 15, 2012 19:31

Jerry Lee Lewis' bandmate killed in shootout

BB Cunningham was on night duty as a security guard in Memphis when he was killed

Jerry Lee Lewis' bandmate killed in shootout
A member of rock'n'roll star Jerry Lee Lewis' band was killed in a shootout yesterday (October 14) in Memphis.

Seventy-year-old bass player BB Cunningham was working as a security guard at an apartment complex when he went to investigate a gunshot noise nearby.

Witnesses say they then heard further gunshots and Cunningham, along with an unidentified 16-year-old, was found dead at the scene.

Police are currently investigating the incident. Judy Baladez, a resident of the apartment buildings told WMCTV:

"I just like kind of stayed down in my bed and laid quiet and still because I didn't know if more shooting was going to continue." She added that the gunshots sounded "very loud, like they were very close by, they didn't sound like they were being shot in the air. They sounded close by like they were being shot at somebody."

BB Cunningham was also a former member of Memphis band The Hombres, but, reports Rolling Stone, he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to work at Independent Recorders as a chief engineer, working with the likes of Billy Joel and Elton John.

Cunningham joined Lewis' band in 1997 and released his own solo album in 2003, called 'Hangin' In'.

Jerry Lee Lewis – pictured above – married for the seventh time earlier this year. In 2010, Lewis announced a book deal with It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Alberto Rojas, director of publicity for It Books, said in March of this year that the book deal is still on, and that Lewis' memoir will be released in 2013.

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