UPDATE: Victim in north Jackson shooting dies at hospital; suspect still on loose
JACKSON, Tenn. — A man in his early twenties is dead after an early Thursday morning shooting in north Jackson.
“EMS responded and took him to a local hospital, which now it’s turned into a homicide investigation,” Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser said. “The victim is deceased, so right now we have an active scene.”
Chief Wiser says his officers got the call of shots fired to the 60 block of East University Parkway and found the man on the side of the road.
“Based on the evidence at the scene, it is not a drive-by shooting, but we are still in the early stages of the investigation,” Wiser said.
Officials have not released the name of the victim.
Police told WBBJ there are no suspects in custody and currently no suspect description.
From ditches to bushes, we were there all morning as investigators combed the scene searching for clues.
They examined one vehicle in particular.
“We cannot find any property damage. That black vehicle is associated with the homicide,” Chief Wiser said.
Neighbors say the car belonged to the victim and pulled into a random driveway.
They also say the man had family just a few doors down from where the body was found.
“You always need to be looking and seeing who is in your neighborhood,” Chief Wiser said.
The busy road was blocked off to early morning traffic during rush hour.
Neighbors say they’ve never seen this in what’s usually a quiet community.
“Regardless of where you live, whichever neighborhood you live in you need to be aware of what’s around and the people in your neighborhood,” Chief Wiser said. “If you hear anything suspicious, you need to be on the lookout and notify the police department.”
If you have any information, you are urged to call Jackson police at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-TIPS (8477).