18-year-old shot, killed in possible drive-by - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

18-year-old shot, killed in possible drive-by

Devonta Newsom (Source: Family) Devonta Newsom (Source: Family)
Some of the bullet holes on the home. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Some of the bullet holes on the home. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

An 18-year-old was shot and killed in a possible drive-by Tuesday night in southeast Memphis, according to Memphis Police Department.

The shooting happened on Chelwood Drive, close to the intersection of East Shelby Drive and Riverdale Road.

When police arrived at the home near midnight, they found an 18-year-old who had been shot several times.

Family and friends identified the 18-year-old as Devonta Newsom. 

Officials said the home had been shot several times from the outside. Almost a dozen bullet hole markings peppered the outside of the home.

The 18-year-old's family is now packing up and moving.

"We're a huge family said it hurts pretty bad," Newsom's cousin Fondra Byers said. "I feel like his life was taken way too soon."

Newsom was shot after returning from church for special prayer session. His family said he was working to better his life.

"He did good things but sometimes our children just get strayed away," Byers said. 

It's unknown if Newsom was the intended target. His father said the shooting may have happened after his son connected a man to someone about some credit cards. 

His father said it's not the first time the house has been shot. 

Newsom was attending Kirby High School, but recently joined the Job Corps.

According to family, a 6-year-old boy was also in the home when the shooting happened. He was not hit. 

Police do not have any information about who shot Newsom. If you can help them identify a suspect, please contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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