UPDATE 4: Neighbors say teen shooting victim: "A great guy"
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Police are investigating a fatal early morning shooting.
Police say 17-year-old Darrius Townsend was killed after being shot in the head in the back.
Investigators say an anonymous call a person shot came in around 1:30 a.m.
When police arrived at 900 Taylor Street, they found Townsend suffering from the gunshot wounds. He was taken to Erlanger Medical Center where he died.
Friends say Darrius, or "Little D" as they called him, was a Brainerd High athlete and a "school boy". Neighbor says he was the last person they expected to hear was killed.
"You wouldn't think it would be him," said Darrell Robinson, who played basketball with Townsend in the neighborhood, "he was a great guy."
Police spent the day canvassing the neighborhood, trying to find witnesses who may be able to help with the investigation. Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots overnight.
Police did take two young males into custody during the canvassing, but declined to say why.
Police have not released any suspect information.
This marks the 12th homicide in Chattanooga this year. Another fatal shooting happened two weeks ago, just a few blocks away.
On May 19th, 53-year old Herbert Strickland was gunned down inside the Big-K convenience store on Dodson Avenue. Eyewitnesses said he was shielding someone from the gunman, and was shot in the head. Strickland was the father of Chattanooga's first murder victim of the year, Meco Siler. Police tell Eyewitness News there are no new leads in that murder.
As investigators look for clues in this latest case, they say they do not believe it is gang related because Townsend has no known gang affiliation. Neighbors confirm that, saying Townsend was a role model for younger kids in the community.
"I just want people to know he was a good fellah," said Darius Blakemoore, "he was a school boy, that's really what young kids need to do these days, stay in school."
Townsend's body was taken to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy. Results are expected to be released Thursday.
Additional details will be posted on WRCBtv.com as they become available.