Residents Terrified After Devon Staten Murder

Natalie Potts

JACKSON, Tenn.- Residents in east Jackson said they are terrified after a man was gunned down defending his girlfriend during an attempted Robbery.

Officers responded to the shooting on Lealand Lane around 5 p.m., Thursday.

Police said they found Devon Staten, 24, injured inside of his home. Staten was then taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he died from his injuries. Investigators said Staten's girlfriend was approached by a masked gunman. When she screamed for help, investigators said they believe Staten ran outside and was shot.

Family members told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness that Staten was a hard working, loving family man who spent most of his time with his young son. Police believe the suspected gunmen were in the area long before the shooting, looking and casing out houses in the neighborhood to rob.

"It's kind of scary to know that the person who did it got away," said neighbor Anisah Bell. "Can I come outside? Do I feel safe coming outside or do I always have to watch my back coming outside?"

Staten is the 13th homicide victim in the City of Jackson this year. Residents said they believe violent crimes have risen and are becoming too common in Jackson.

"Fear, we are living in fear right now," said neighbor Billy Smith. "You've got people getting shot left and right. Murders and robberies and we are right here and it's like nothing is being done. If we don't get help from someone fast, it's going to get a lot worse."

Neighbors said they were terrified to leave their homes for fear that their family will be next in the line of random gun fire. Residents said it Is these random acts of violence hurting innocent families that worry them most.

"I don't feel like we have enough protection going on and if so, there is not enough being done," said Bell.

Jackson police said Staten had no criminal record. So far into their investigation of Staten's murder, police said their interviews with witnesses have turned up with no suspects.

The suspected men in the attempted robbery and shooting are described as black men in their late teens to early 20s, both in dark clothing. Police said both are believed to be between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed between 150 and 170 pounds.

Investigators said one of the masks has been recovered. It was found in the victim's backyard.

If you have any information in this case, call Jackson Police (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-TIPS.


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