NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police have identified a suspect in the murder of a man and his stepson in the Katie Hill neighborhood in northeast Nashville late Tuesday morning.
Authorities are seeking 29-year-old James L. Simpson in connection to the shooting. Ballistics testing by authorities linked Simpson to the crime scene.
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.
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.
Simpson, a convicted felon for multiple drug offenses, also has prior convictions for felon in possession of a handgun and evading arrest.
Anyone with information on his location is asked to call authorities at 615-742-7463.