Dyersburg Police investigate second murder of 2007

Police in Dyersburg are investigating the town's second murder of the year, after a shooting left one man dead Tuesday night.

Police don't know exactly how many shots were fired, but at least one left a man dead in front of his apartment around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Captain Steve Isbell of the Dyersburg Police Department said an officer on regular patrol was close enough to hear the shooting, but by the time he got to the victim, the person had died.  The gunman had already fled.

Isbell said murder is rare in Dyersburg, a normally peaceful town.  "This is our second one of the year, and last year we only had one, so it's not a common occurrence," he said.

Bullets from the shooting also tore through a car, shattering windshield glass.

Victoria Lemond, the owner of the car, was deeply troubled by the shooting.  "It just kind of upset me, 'cause if my son had been sitting there, he could have been shot," she said.

According to Lemond, the two years she's lived in the public housing complex have been relatively safe - until now.  "I mean, there have been fights out here, and other things, but this is the first time anyone has been seriously hurt," she said.

Police hoped to have more information on a suspect Wednesday.  Isbell asked anyone with information about the shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 731-285-TIPS.

The victim in the shooting has not been identified.

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