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Restaurant Shooting Becomes Smyrna's First 2013 Homicide

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

SMYRNA, Tenn. - Smyrna Police are asking for the public's assistance to help solve their first murder of the year.

"I want it solved. I want these people arrested," Police Chief Kevin Arnold said. "I want them going to jail."

Nearly one week after a shooting outside of the Souksavanh Restaurant, officers have yet to make an arrest.

"We do know that members who are involved in this are associated with criminal gangs," Chief Arnold said. "There are some individuals who were there that night that have suddenly drawn a blank mind."

NewsChannel 5 learned people rented out the restaurant for a graduation party. Between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on June 23 there was an argument in the parking lot.

"It looked like there was at least 15 to 20 people who were over there," Jory Daubenspec said. He and Tiffany Roby were watching the chaos unfold from their fireworks stand across the street when they heard multiple gun shots.

"It's definitely something that will stick in our minds the rest of our lives for sure," Daubenspec said.

"(Daubenspec) kept telling me it was fireworks and I kept telling him it didn't sound like fireworks," Roby explained. "And it didn't sound like happy screams or anything. It sounded like something (went) horribly wrong."

Three people were shot. Five days later John Bouavong, 31, of Murfreesboro died of his injuries turning the investigation into Smyrna's first murder of the year.

"If they're covering it up, they're covering it up for somebody who killed one person and injured two others," Daubenspec said emphatically about the lack of information police have received. "That's... I have no words to describe that."

Police said they have street nicknames for the suspects and need the public's help to locate the gunmen.

"If they are that callous to just start shooting into a crowd of people," Chief Arnold said, "then we need to get these people off the street as soon as possible."

One of the shooting victims was treated and released from the hospital. At last check, the other victim was still in the hospital.

If you have any information you're asked to call Smyrna Police at 615-459-6644.

Last year, there were five murders in Smyrna, all of them were solved.

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