This is a developing story.


UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified the victim of a fatal gunshot wound Tuesday night.

Deonte James, 23, was found inside a vehicle at 2700 Lightfoot Mill Road and pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.


ORIGINAL STORY: A call concerning a suspicious vehicle found at 2700 Lightfoot Mill Road has turned into a homicide investigation.

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Norfolk Southern Police reported a suspicious vehicle on the side of the roadway thought to be abandoned.

When police arrived they found a victim inside suffering from a gunshot wound. 

Emergency officials pronounced the victim deceased on the scene. 

The victim is a validated gang member, according to police. It is currently unknown if the incident is gang motivated.

The name of the victim will be released after the family is notified. 

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call 423-643-5100

Stay with the Times Free Press as more information becomes available.