When Thomas Simmons, 20, was shot and killed in January, 22-year-old Robert Jackson took to Twitter to tweet his condolences.
"Dam Gip soulja TG," he wrote [gangster in Peace]. He retweeted a photo of a streetside memorial — a white cross standing in a grassy spot, covered with balloons. Flickering white candles on the sidewalk.
Then on Sunday, Jackson, known as 'Juicy,' was also shot and killed.
Friends set up a memorial at the corner of Halsey Street and Central Avenue, in the neighborhood where Jackson grew up — three crosses in the ground, draped with flowers. White candles. Black balloons tied to a telephone pole. And a message spray painted across the road.
Jackson was shot and killed after an argument at the SkyZoo nightclub around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Chattanooga police. The fight began inside the club, police believe, and then moved outside. Jackson was shot in a parking lot.
Investigators don't know what the fight was about and do not have a suspect, police Chief of Staff David Roddy said Monday. Jackson was a validated gang member, but investigators aren't yet sure whether the shooting was gang motivated.
It's possible the shooter followed Jackson out of the club, Roddy said.
In a post on Facebook, SkyZoo officials adamantly denied that the killing took place on their property and sought to distance the bar from the incident. No one answered the club's phone Monday.
"We do everything in our power to protect the inside and parking lot of our establishment, pat downs, purse and bag inspection, 2 security guards in the parking lot and 2 at the front door, plus 7 more on the inside of the club," the club's post read. "Unfortunately this incident happened."
Jackson may have been shot just a few feet outside SkyZoo's property, Roddy said, but the suspect likely was on the bar's property when he fired.
"Bullets don't understand property lines," Roddy said. "Bullets don't understand racial lines. Bullets don't understand demographics. They simply hurt and kill. Regardless of where a property line fell, there were criminal activities that resulted in what our investigators are working diligently to solve."
Police responded to SkyZoo 173 times during the past 12 months for calls ranging from thefts and car accidents to harassing phone calls. In that time, police responded to 29 disorders at the club, as well as one stabbing, one sexual assault, three intoxicated persons and two reports of pedestrians struck by vehicles, records show.
Jackson is the 10th person to be killed in Chattanooga so far this year, and his death came during a weekend with two other shootings. On Monday, friends remembered Jackson as a laid-back, outgoing guy who grew up in Chattanooga and played football.
Police have not made any arrests in any of 2016's homicides. Roddy asked anyone who was inside the club Sunday morning to send any photos, videos or digital evidence to police.
"We have a lot of evidence to process on the outside, just physical, but the inside would really help our investigators determine the entire picture of what occurred," Roddy said.
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