SCSO: Man found with gunshot wound in chest in Kingsport; two suspects sought

Jarret Cole Heitmann and Makayla Danielle Stilwell

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a shooting after a man was found in the 1900 block of Bloomingdale Road with a gunshot wound to the chest,

A 911 call about the shooting came in around 2:12 a.m on Tuesday.

Deputies arrived to find the 34-year-old victim with a wound to his chest.

Witnesses told police, there was a fight in the yard between the victim and the suspect. During the fight, the suspect shot the victim. The victim allegedly told police, the suspect left the area with a woman.

The victim is being treated at an area hospital and the sheriff’s office says he’s in critical condition.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office identified that suspects as Jarret Cole Heitmann and Makayla Danielle Stilwell.

Investigators obtained warrants for Heitmann and Stilwell Tuesday afternoon and are currently trying to locate them. The sheriff’s office said they cannot reveal where they are looking but they’re knocking on doors and interviewing people in the hopes of developing leads.

8-year-old Kaleb Morelock and his family live across the street from the reported shooting and he says he heard the gun go off. “I don’t know I thought somebody was going to show up over here next. I was about to roll over on the floor,” Morelock said.

His grandfather Tivis Marcum grew up in this neighborhood and he says Bloomingdale does see crime to time to crime but it’s not a violent area. Marcum said he’s confident the sheriff’s office will be able to find the suspects.

Both Heitmann and Stilwell are charged with aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, especially aggravated robbery and attempted second-degree murder.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Heitmann and Stilwell is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

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