Carter Co. Sheriff’s Office: $3k reward offered in drive-by shooting that killed 10-year-old

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*The Carter County Sheriff’s Office has updated the age of the victim, Lillyhanna Davis, to 10-years-old instead of 9-years-old as previously reported.

UPDATE 11/18/2020 CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Carter County Sheriff’s Office has released new information related to Tuesday morning’s deadly drive-by shooting on Blevins Road.

According to a release from CCSO, a $3,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The release says investigators are hoping to receive information about a small SUV that was seen in the area around the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its owner or who has any additional pictures or video of the SUV is asked to contact investigators at 423-542-1849.

CCSO reports the vehicle would have been near Old Elizabethton Highway (State Route 91) around 5:30-6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The 10-year-old victim of the shooting was identified as Lillyhanna Davis.

Lillyhanna had been laying on a couch in the home when a bullet passed through the wall and hit her. She died at the hospital shortly after.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no charges have been filed.


UPDATE 3:20 p.m. CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Carter County Director of Schools Tracy McAbee confirmed with News Channel 11 Tuesday that the 10-year-old girl killed in the shooting was a student in the Carter County School District.

McAbee also said starting Wednesday counselling will be offered to the victim’s classmates.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.


UPDATE 2:30 p.m. CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said in a news briefing on Tuesday they “desperately need the public’s help” after a 9-year-old girl was killed during a drive-by shooting.

Sheriff Lunceford confirmed with News Channel 11 Tuesday they have “one person of interest in custody” but are still looking for others inside the vehicle during the shooting.

He added that at this time they would not be releasing a description of the vehicle due to the ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Lunceford also pleaded with the community to come forward with any information or camera footage if you live near where the shooting occurred on Blevins Road.

“If you were by there and you saw something, heard something, if you have cameras or live anywhere in the area. We believe they came out and turned right on the Highway 91, Johnson City/Elizabethon Highway…if you have a camera anywhere it doesn’t just have to be right there, anywhere in the area, please look at it and give us a call,” Sheriff Lunceford said.

You can watch Sheriff Lunceford’s entire news briefing on our WJHL Facebook page below.

News Channel 11’s Kelly Grosfield will continue to update this story throughout the day both on-air and online.


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CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Carter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 9-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting occurred in the Carter County section of Johnson City.

According to Public Information Officer Thomas Gray, the shooting occurred in the 100 block of Blevins Road.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford told News Channel 11 that several shots were fired into the home.

Lunceford said the 9-year-old girl was shot and later died at the hospital.

News Channel 11 has a crew on the scene of the shooting. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also on-scene.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Roark is also on the scene of the shooting as of 9:50 a.m.

A suspect is not in custody as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Gray.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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