One dead in Thanksgiving shooting

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened on Thanksgiving around 8:30p.m. It was near Martin Luther King Drive and Cantrell Street.

Decatur resident Robert Carter lives right across from the scene of the shooting, and he says he heard everything.

“I was eating enjoying Thanksgiving with my family…and right after, I just heard, like, a car,” says Carter. “I heard a ‘skrt’ and a lot of gunfire being pooped of like several times, like maybe 12 or 13 times.”

Carter says shortly after he heard the gunfire, he looked out his door and saw cop cars rush to the scene. However, he was not expecting the man killed to be a former friend he had known since middle school. He found out the next day from his mother.

“She saw that his name was Tommy King, and that really shook me,” says Carter. “It really shocked me.”

Police responded to a call of someone being shot and found 20-year-old Tommy King of Decatur with gunshot wounds. He died shortly after arriving at Decatur Memorial Hospital via ambulance.

The other man police found when responding is 19 years old. He is currently in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Carter says although it had been a while since he and King last spoke, he is still mourning his loss.

“He was a real kind, genuine, [and] funny. He was just the clown of the class. I mean, if you had a bad day he would put a smile on your face,” recalls Carter.

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