JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City police confirmed in a news conference Tuesday afternoon that a young woman who was found shot on John Exum Parkway Monday night has died.
According to Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois, officers responded to a shooting in a parking lot in the 1000 block of John Exum Parkway (near Garden Drive), around 9:30 p.m. They found the woman, Rebekah Thompson age 22, in her vehicle with a gunshot wound to the face.
Thompson later died from her injuries at Johnson City Medical Center. Police said an autopsy will be completed later Tuesday afternoon.
Sirois said Thompson had been waiting for approximately 30 minutes for a friend when the male suspect walked up to her window and shot her once.
News Channel 11 has since learned from Sirois that an infant was in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but was unharmed. The infant has since been taken into the care of Child Protective Services.
Police said it is believed that the suspect then immediately left the scene in a black vehicle. He was wearing a red and black hoodie, according to witnesses, and was last seen in a black vehicle with dark tinted windows. No other details about the suspect are available at this time.
Sirois said that anyone with information is asked to call JCPD’s Criminal Investigation’s Division at 423-434-6166 or call Crime Stoppers at 423-434-6158.
“We need their help. If there is someone who has information … then we need them to step forward and help us with that information,” Sirois said during the news conference.
Police said the investigation is still in the beginning stages, with many people interviewed.
JCPD said Thompson’s body was sent off for an autopsy. They are hoping the autopsy would provide more insight into the circumstances surrounding her death — and possibly even the events leading up to her death.
When News Channel 11 arrived on the scene on Monday night, our reporter said he observed investigators combing through a white car — a Honda Accord. Investigators told us at the time it appeared the woman was shot while in that car.
Keep checking back to WJHL.com for more details as they become available.
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