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Updated at 1:04 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, with more information.

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The suspect in Monday's Portland Street homicide is now connected to another shooting that took place just days before.

No one was injured in that incident, but Jeremy Sutton, 20, and Gordon Ray III, 19, have each been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

A Chattanooga police officer was flagged down by two women in the 1900 block of Wilson Street on Friday, according to Hamilton County court records.

They told the officer they'd been driving on Wilson Street when they saw two men standing on the side of the road. The men then opened fire on them.

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The women told the officer they fled but only made it one block away because of the damage done to the vehicle. The suspects were no longer in the area by that time.

The victims said they believed they were targeted because the vehicle they were driving was involved in a fight the week before with Ray's girlfriend, court records state. But the women denied any involvement in that fight.

During the investigation, police determined Sutton and Ray both matched the suspect descriptions, court records show.

Ray was arrested Tuesday afternoon while riding a bike down Wilson Street in the same general area in which the alleged shooting took place, according to his arrest report.

Sutton, who is a known gang member, was already in custody at the Hamilton County Jail.

They were both charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, vandalism/malicious mischief and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Additionally, Sutton faces a criminal homicide charge for the Monday morning killing of 35-year-old Douglas Holmes in the 2000 block of Portland Street.

Sutton reportedly contacted WTVC News Channel 9 via Facebook just 30 minutes after the Portland Street shooting, as well as just after the shooting on Wilson Street.

Each times, he asked the TV news station what they knew about the shootings.

Both Sutton and Ray have an arrest history in Hamilton County, though Ray is not known to be a gang member, Chattanooga police said.

Sutton was charged in a January carjacking and received an eight-year suspended sentence, according to online court records.

At the time of the Monday morning homicide, investigators noted he was wearing a GPS ankle monitor which placed him at the scene at the time the shooting was reported.

Sutton's other charges include some traffic- and firearm-related violations, evading arrest and criminal trespassing.

For Ray, he was charged with some traffic violations back in February, online court records show. He's also been charged with a number of more violent offenses in September 2018, though all of those were all eventually dismissed.

On Facebook, several of Sutton's friends were calling for his release from jail.

"Free you big bro," one woman wrote.

Though, others were more frustrated with the news of his arrest.

"Everything I tell you go in one ear and out the other one," wrote another woman.

As for Holmes, a crowd of his friends and family gathered in the College Hill Courts area Monday evening for a candlelight vigil and a balloon release.

"You'll be missed," one woman is heard saying as countless blue, black and silver balloons float away into the sky.

Contact Rosana Hughes at rhughes@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327 with tips or story ideas. Follow her on Twitter @HughesRosana.


 

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