CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- We are learning more about the teen who was shot down and killed Friday as police search for the gunman.
The shooting happened in broad daylight on Arcadia Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses say they saw the suspect run off, but couldn't get a good description. Friends of the victim, 18-year-old Monterius Rollins, say they don't know who would want him dead.
Friends say Monterius Rollins was visiting friends on Arcadia Avenue Friday afternoon. In front of an abandoned home is where police say he was shot in the stomach. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
"A lot of shots. A lot of them. I don't know how many," witness Mattie Jefferson said.
Jefferson called 911, describing the scene to dispatchers.
"When I ran to the door to see what was going on, I saw this kid laying on the ground and somebody running down the street with a gun in their hand," Jefferson said.
The shooter got away, before Ms. Jefferson or anyone could get a detailed description for police.
"We're looking for everything to make sure we're not missing anything. We're canvassing the area and talking to witnesses," Chattanooga Police Sgt. Wayne Jefferson said.
"It's not like the old school days when you just used fists, these people want to use guns and stuff now. take lives. Can't be a real man," the victim's friend, Corey Davis said.
Davis is a few years older than Rollins. He says he was a mentor for the Tyner graduate and former football player. "He smiled. Every time you see him, he's going to smile," Davis said.
He says Rollins had just started at Chattanooga State and was applying for jobs. "He was just starting off his life. It was just the beginning," Davis said.
His friends are pleading with other youth to stop the violence. "Get in school. Do something. Get a job...something. That's the best thing for you because the streets ain't. You're going to either be dead or in jail. One or the other," Davis said.
Neighbors say the area is getting more dangerous, and say victims, keep getting younger. "I just sat on my porch and cried because I got a lot of grandsons, great grandsons and it could've been any of them," Mattie Jefferson said.
"I looked in his mother's eyes and I seen how she felt. I seen it," Davis said.
Rollins' friends say they're making t-shirts to pass out in his memory.
Chattanooga Police say they do not have evidence linking this shooting to any gangs. They're asking anyone with information on the suspect, to call them or Crimestoppers at (423) 698-3333.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:54 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:54:16 GMT
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