Shooting in southeast Shelby County leaves 17-year-old dead

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is asking for help after a teenager was shot and killed in southeast Shelby County, the county's first homicide of 2019.

The 17-year-old was located in the 5300 block of Crystal Oak Drive around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

He was rushed to the Regional Medical Center in extremely critical condition but later died from his injuries.

"It's tragic," said Lt. Anthony Buckner with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. "I mean, anytime a person is murdered it's a tragic event but in this case it was a 17-year-old child, a 17-year-old kid."

Wednesday morning, evidence markers could be seen all across the house, marking bullets.

A man who lives nearby, who didn't feel comfortable identifying himself, said he heard several different caliber guns go off around 10:30 p.m.

"It's New Year's Day, it's the day after New Year's Eve, so I was thinking someone was still celebrating," the man said.

However he quickly realized those gunshots were anything but celebratory.

"After a while, I heard people crying and stuff like that," he said.

Buckner said it appears before the gunfire, the teen was talking to whoever pulled the trigger.

He asked anyone nearby with surveillance cameras to check their footage.

"We desperately need the people in this community to call us, to give us any information," he said. "Sometimes community members believe that a tip is insufficient. Let us rule that out. Let us determine what's a valid tip and what's not."

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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