Police Investigating Lonsdale Murder

Tray Jamar Sherman
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Knoxville (WVLT) - Police say they know who is responsible for a deadly shooting in Lonsdale, but they are still trying to catch him.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt is following the story.

Tray Jamar Sherman, 23, died at the hospital after being shot twice in his front yard.

Knoxville police trouble began earlier in the day with an incident involving Sherman and the suspect's relative.

"The victim had gone back to the house and he confronted by the suspect. They discussed an issue, an argument erupted and apparently the suspect at that point pulled out a gun and shot the victim," said Darrel DeBusk with the Knoxville Police Department.

Police emphasize that what happened was not a random act.

They say victim had a long criminal history, including convictions for drug possession and a pending cocaine charge.

But, Connecticut Avenue resident Carol Lewis says just knowing that a man shot someone and then ran down the street where she lives is troubling.

She says after years of dealing with crime, people in the neighborhood have learned to keep their eyes open.

"I watch for other things like the neighbors' houses and stuff like that. It's just I think the neighbors should watch out for each other more than they do," says Lewis.

While police are not saying much about the man they believe is responsible for the shooting, they say he is local.

And they say they may have him in custody soon.

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