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Two Dickson teenagers charged with attempted murder after drive-by shooting

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 15:24:29-04

DICKSON, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two Dickson teenagers are facing charges of attempted murder following a drive-by shooting last month on Church Street.

According to police, the drive-by shooting was first reported around 9:45 p.m. on July 28, at the 500 block of Church Street. Officers responding to the scene discovered multiple gunshots fired into the home and a Ford Explorer from the alley behind the home. Several bullets shot through the home and struck interior walls.

While four people were in the home at the time of the shooting, nobody was hurt.

During the course of the investigation, officers received information from several people, which led to the development of the two teenagers as suspects.

On Wednesday, based on that information, officers went to the Hidden Valley Apartments to look for one of the suspects, who also had an active runaway petition from juvenile court.

When officers spotted the suspect, he ran from them on foot. The suspect was captured on Church Street, just blocks from where the shooting took place.

Officers said the teenager had drugs and a 9mm handgun on him. He later admitted the handgun was one of the weapons used in the shooting.

The officers returned to Hidden Valley Apartments the next day, and found the second suspect there. After another brief foot pursuit, the second teenager was apprehended.

Information offered to Dickson police indicated four individuals were in the vehicle when the drive-by shooting happened. The two who have been apprehended were in the back seat, and both fired guns during the shooting.

The teenagers - both 16 years old - are being held in the juvenile detention facility in Williamson County. They face a detention hearing in Dickson County juvenile court. Both have extensive juvenile court records, police say.

Each of the suspects has been charged with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of felony vandalism and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

"We received several calls from citizens providing information to assist in the investigation of a potentially dangerous felony in which four lives were put at risk," Dickson Police Department Chief Jeff Lewis said. "I appreciate people being willing to step forward to help us take violent criminals off the street and the cooperative effort of all this department's resources and the agents of the drug task force."

The two remaining suspects, who were in the front of the vehicle during the shooting, have not yet been identified. A second weapon believed to have been used in the shooting has also not been recovered. The vehicle used in the shooting has not been identified, either.

Anyone with information on the identities or location of the suspects, vehicle or weapon is asked to contact Dickson police at (615) 441-9507, emergency communications at (615) 446-8041, ext. 4 or the anonymous tipline at (615) 441-9555.