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UPDATE: Victims in deadly gang-related shooting identified

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UPDATE: Kenneth Pickett says he hit the floor when he heard gunfire outside his home on Sheridan and Wilson.

“I was sitting right here when they walked right over there,” said Pickett.

Police say a male suspect fired multiple rounds, killing 21-year-old Thomas Simmons and sending Deonte Evans, who is also 21 years old, to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting happened blocks from local churches and an elementary school.

“Every one of them finds it offensive and unacceptable as my police officers do and whether it's 16 days or 25 days, or 365 days, there is never a time span long enough to justify losing a family member,” said chief Fred Fletcher, Chattanooga Police Department.

Neighbors who knew the victim say he shouldn't have been a victim of this violence.

They describe him as being and intelligent person. And they don't understand why someone would do this. 

Should no mother have to bury her son. It’s sad!” said Missy Davis.

As police investigates the first murder of the year, neighbors who live near Sheridan Ave say they want people to put the guns down because bullets don't have eyes, and any of them could be the next victim.

“It’s senseless. Then you have kids getting out of school you know. It’s sad!” said Davis.

The male suspect is on the run. 

The second victim Deonte Evans suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.


PREVIOUS STORY: Two people were gunned down Monday in the 1300 block of Sheridan Avenue in what police say was a gang-related shooting. One of those victims died at the scene.

Police confirm 21-year-old Thomas Simmons died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police say the other victim, 21-year-old Deonte Evans, was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Investigators haven't released any information about the suspect(s), but ask you to call 423-698-2525 with any information.

This isn't the first deadly shooting on Sheridan Avenue.

In March of 2011, 25-year-old Ronald Blackmon Jr. died as a result of a shooting on Sheridan Avenue.

READ MORE | Victim in Sheridan Ave. shooting dies

On August 18, 2013, 15-year-old Ollie "Trey" Peters was killed when he was shot in the head.

On September 4, 2014, Devontae Billingsley-Gamble was shot multiple times in the 1100 block and survived.

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