published Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Chattanooga shooting suspect remains at large

A man accused of shooting a 24-year-old man to death has convictions of aggravated assault, coercion of a witness and robbery, court records show.

As of Monday afternoon, 35-year-old Santory Alexander Johnson was still at large and wanted in connection with the slaying of Christopher Jones in Alton Park, according to police.

Jones was shot and killed in the 4000 block of Chandler Avenue just several doors down from where he lived.

Stuffed animals, posters, cards and a candle were duct taped to a utility pole near where Jones was shot.

"Even though his light has been extinguished here on earth, it shall forever remain in our hearts," read one message from Ms. Kim.

Another message on a poster read, "Watch ova us."

Jones reportedly was arguing with Johnson before Johnson opened fire. Jones was taken to a local hospital where he died, according to police.

Neighbors told the Times Free Press that Jones had two small children.

Within the last few years, he was convicted of drug possession and drug resale. In 2007, he was convicted of crack cocaine possession, according to court records.

Jones' death marks the 17th homicide of the year and 12th shooting death, records show. To date this year, Chattanooga has had 99 shootings with 116 victims this year, according to police. At the same time last year, there were 74 shootings and 88 victims.

Anyone with information about Johnson's whereabouts can contact 423-698-2525 or Crime Stoppers at 423-698-3333.

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