UPDATED: Car located in investigation into shooting of Shelby County teen - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

UPDATED: Car located in investigation into shooting of Shelby County teen

Thursday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department issued the following statement on their investigation into this case:

Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies have located the red Pontiac Sunfire that was seen leaving the scene of the incident which occurred in the 6600 block of Nelson Way, in South Shelby County.

Detectives have identified the two individuals that were in the vehicle and they have been questioned in regards to the shooting.  It has been determined that these two individuals are not the shooters and they have been released.  No arrests have been made at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY (03-19-08):

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies continued their search Wednesday for the person responsible for shooting a 15-year-old boy Tuesday night in south Shelby County.

Officials said a sheriff's deputy found the teen in the backyard of a home in the 6600 block of Nelson Way around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The deputy was walking in the neighborhood after several neighbors reported hearing gunshots in the area.

Jermaine Curtis, who lived near to where the victim was found, said he opened his backyard window Tuesday night and saw the teen laying on the ground.

"I seen the blood on his shirt," Curtis said. "He was on his stomach...like he was doing pushups."

Investigators said the teen was shot while jumping Curtis' fence in an attempt to get away from the shooter.  The victim was taken by helicopter to The Med, where he remained in critical condition Wednesday.

Sgt. Reginald Hubbard of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department said it was likely the shooting was not random. Investigators believe the victim knew the shooter.

"Some kind of confrontation ensued," he said, "and that's when shots rang out."

Hubbard said the suspect left the scene in a red Pontiac Sunfire with a black front fender.  Late Wednesday afternoon, they released an image of the vehicle:

Investigators asked anyone with information about the shooting, as well as anyone that recognized the suspect's vehicle, to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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