A Chattanooga police crime scene investigator and other officers look at a gun near the intersection of Orchard Knob and Citico Avenues on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Chattanooga. Two people were shot and one of those was killed a few blocks away on Sheridan Avenue.

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Two people were shot at 1300 Sheridan Avenue in Chattanooga. One died.

A double shooting in Chattanooga this afternoon has resulted in the city's first homicide of 2016.

Two people were shot at 1300 Sheridan Avenue about 2:40 p.m., according to Chattanooga police. Chief Fred Fletcher said investigators believe the incident is gang-related. The call came in to Hamilton County EMS at 2:44 p.m. 

Thomas Simmons, 21, was shot in the chest and died from his injuries at the scene. Deonte Evans, 21, was shot in the leg and treated by HCEMS and transported to a local hospital for further treatment. He is expected to survive. 

The body of the man who was killed was left in the street for a couple of hours while police investigated, covered by a white sheet. A large crowd gathered outside the taped-off crime scene. School buses dropped children off.

Police are searching for a male suspect who fired multiple rounds and left the scene on foot, Fletcher said. No charges have yet been filed, and police are still gathering details from witnesses. 

The 24-day lull in homicides in Chattanooga is the longest stretch without a killing in the city at the start of a new year in at least the past five years.

In 2015, the city made it just 20 minutes before the first person — 24-year-old Deoaunte Dean — was killed. His death was followed three hours later with the city's second homicide, 18-year-old Juan Boyd.

Since 2011, the longest Chattanooga has gone without a homicide at the start of the year was nine days in 2013.


Updated Jan. 25 at 9 p.m.