NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –The father and stepbrother of a boy who was shot in the head last year were both killed in a shooting in the Katie Hill neighborhood in northeast Nashville late Tuesday morning.
Police said Keon Hawkins, 32, and his stepson, Kemontanez Armstrong, 22, were shot during an apparent exchange of gunfire outside a home they were visiting around 11:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Bessie Ave., just off Brick Church Pike.
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Hawkins, who was armed with a handgun, was found dead next to a SUV. He is the father of Keon Malone, who was 11 years old when he was shot in the head by a stray bullet in the same neighborhood in March 2015.
Armstrong was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
The search for at least one, possibly two suspects, continues.
Police said the suspects are both black men. One of the suspects is around 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing all black clothing and white tennis shoes.
A motive has not been released but said they do not believe it was a random incident.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
Family stricken with grief as tragedy hits again
The mother of Hawkins and grandmother of Keon Malone was at the scene of Tuesday’s shooting.
Brenda Hawkins was understandably upset as she waited behind the crime scene tape to learn more from police.
She lost her son just a year after nearly losing her grandson, who miraculously survived the gunshot to his head after numerous surgeries.
Lindsey Langley, a friend of the family and Katie Hill neighbor, said the shooting is tragic for the family and the entire neighborhood.
“For her to go through this is gut-wrenching,” said Langley. “That entire family, they’re just really sweet people. And again, as a community, we wrap our arms around them and help them.”
Witness shares moments of deadly shooting
Several neighbors and relatives were seen near where the shooting took place and were visibly upset.
“This is a tragic accident,” a witness, who only wanted to be identified as Kathy, said. “We didn’t get to see no face. We just know that the person took off running.”
The mother-of-two said the men were visiting her home when the shooting happened.
“Y’all got bullet holes in my house, y’all could’ve shot one of my children,” Kathy said. “The smoke filled my house. My children were terrified.”
She told News 2 she heard at least seven or eight gunshots.
“We’re doing everything we can to make this a better community and a better neighborhood, and senseless people continue to come and just disrupt our neighborhood. This is senseless. An act of senseless violence, it didn’t need to happen, it was unnecessary,” Kathy said.