UPDATE: The Chattanooga Police Department has issued a warrant on Tavoraus Thompson, 24, for criminal homicide in the murder of Orlandas Gay.
His brother, Judius Thompson, who got into a fist fight with Gay, has been arrested and charged with criminal responsibility for facilitation of felony.
Early Tuesday evening, dozens of people at Emma Wheeler Homes sat on their porches or stood in their yards, watching a legion of police officers close access to Jeffrey Lane with yellow tape.
Crime scene investigators descended on the area, navigating the crowd and parked cars to get to the scene, even as a small group of children played tag alongside the road just a few doors down. When they passed the tape, investigators began putting yellow markers out on the walkway in front of one of the neighborhood's many small, brick apartments.
According to police, Orlandas Gay, 26, became Chattanooga's most recent shooting victim late Tuesday afternoon, sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in an apparent altercation with another man in the street. At 5:25 p.m., officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 4900 block of Jeffery Lane and found Gay at the scene.
Gay died only a few hours later at the hospital, making this the 14th homicide in Chattanooga this year.
Standing just yards away from the scene, Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said the victim was in a fistfight with another man in the street and the altercation escalated into a shooting. The suspect then fled the scene.
"Officers were very nearby and responded quickly, and the first officers on scene provided CPR to the victim of the shooting," Fletcher said.
He said the shooting does not appear to be gang-related but did ask that anyone with information about the incident or those involved step forward and speak up.
"We know that there were more people out here — some of whom have wandered off — who saw this," he said. "It's extremely important that they call the police."
The shooter is described as a black male with dreadlocks who is in his early 20s and was wearing a black T-shirt with tan pants. One person of interest has been detained in relation to the shooting.
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