Manhunt for suspect accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old woman in Johnson City


A woman is dead and police are searching for a suspect following a shooting in Johnson City.

The shooting happened about 9:30 Monday night in the 1,000 of John Exum Parkway.

Johnson City Police found 22-year-old Rebekah Thompson shot inside her vehicle.

Police said she was sitting in her vehicle for about 30 minutes, waiting for a friend.

That's when police say she was shot in the face.

She was taken to Johnson City Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say they're looking for a black man in a red and black hoodie driving a black vehicle with dark tinted windows.

They said they aren't sure if the suspect knew Thompson, but they do think she was targeted.

"I just hope they find the killer that done it really," one witness to the shooting said. We talked to two people who live in Johnson City public housing who were shocked by what they saw and heard. "We were all out here talking, you know, he came out of nowhere and just left," he described the scene of when the shooting happened. Police saying Thompson's infant daughter was in the backseat of her car. "He just came out and looked in the back of the seat and he looked the kid and then he came up and pulled out his front and just shot like it was nothing. he didn't even hesitate," another witness said, who knew Thompson. Police saying the infant was unharmed and is in custody of child protective services. "The first thing I did was take the girl out. I didn't want her in there at that time," he said. Neighbors were stunned by the violence. "I would've rather him shoot at one of us than shoot her because she was in the car minding her own business. He didn't even look at us he didn't point the gun at us or nothing," one neighbor said.

"I called 911 they told us to put our hands in between her breasts and count and do CPR," the other told News 5. Apparently the victim used to live here. A resident saying he lives in her old apartment. "It kind of unsettled me a little bit but you know kind of spooky I guess you could say," the resident said. Police said it's apparent Thompson was targeted. "She was the innocent victim of a horrific crime," Chief Mark Sirois said. "We're investigating this case to the very best of our ability and we're committed to bringing justice." Johnson City Police are urging the public to come forward with any information as they continue to search for this suspect. They say he should be considered armed and dangerous

He was last seen in a black and red hoodie, driving a black car with tinted windows.

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