published Sunday, March 6th, 2011, updated March 6th, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.

Sheridan shooting victim dies; suspects' charges upgraded

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    Chattanooga officers investigate the scene of a shooting at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Wilson Street.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A man who was shot in the head Friday on Sheridan Avenue has died and charges will be upgraded against two men in the case, Chattanooga police said.

Ronald Blackmon Jr., 25, was standing outside 1208 Sheridan when a car drove by and shots rang out. Neighbors said they counted at least five shots. Police called the attack gang-related.

Blackmon was taken to Erlanger hospital, where he was pronounced dead Saturday, spokeswoman Rebecca Royval said in a news release this afternoon.

Police arrested Edward Ryals Jr. and Demetrius Bibbs, both 19, the same day. Ryals was charged with attempted first-degee murder and aggravated assault. Bibbs was charged with being an accessory after the fact on attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

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