ASHEVILLE — A 24-year-old man was killed after being shot multiple times in the early morning hours of July 10 downtown, according to a news release from the Asheville Police Department, which is investigating the shooting.
At 2:20 a.m., police were patrolling when they heard gunshots, the statement said. They searched the area, and when they arrived at Spruce Street, just north of College Street, they saw people fleeing and found Jamel Tyjon Grant, 24, lying on the ground.
Grant had been shot several times in the back, the statement said. Officers provided emergency trauma care. Buncombe County EMS arrived and transported him to Mission Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
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Throughout the morning, detectives and forensic technicians are investigating and “have obtained significant physical evidence and have identified a person of interest. Grant’s next of kin have been notified,” the statement said.
This is the ninth homicide of 2022 in the city, the seventh by firearm.
On June 4, Adrian Romero-Valdez and Ahmed Deshawn Shivers died of gunshot wounds after a shooting at an apartment complex on Bingham Road in West Asheville.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about this case to send an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone app (search “Asheville PD” in the App Store) or by texting TIP2APD at 847411. Or call APD at 828-252-1110.
Karen Chávez is a content coach/investigations editor for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA TODAY Network. Tips? Call 828-712-6316, email [email protected] or follow us on Twitter @KarenChavezACT.