Two killed, three shot in two separate incidents police call 'gang-related'
Chattanooga Police say that 5 people were shot over the course of Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Two of the shooting victims died from their injuries.
Many of the five people shot arrived at area hospitals with a range of gunshot wounds.
Reporter Stephanie Santostasi provided an update live on Facebook:
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher says these shootings all appear to be gang-related.
Fletcher says there were two separate shootings. The first one happened on the 1000 block of Woodmore Lane:
Chattanooga Police Spokesman Kyle Miller says 28-year-old Alex Freeman suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and later passed away at a local hospital. Martin Jackson suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the right arm.
Witnesses reported they first thought fireworks were still being shot off, but began running when they realized it was gunfire. They told investigators multiples rounds came from the passenger side of a black four door Sedan traveling south on Woodmore Lane. None of the witnesses could provide a description of the suspect/s involved.
The second incident happened a short time later on the 1000 block of Jarvis Avenue:
Fletcher says this incident involved "gunfire going in only one direction." At this incident, 28-year-old Marcus Cal was killed.
Police later released more information about this incident. Officers arriving on the scene found a total of three gunshot victims:
- 28-year-old Marcus Cal, transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital , had suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the arm and lower abdomen.
- 25-year-old Tony Jackson was transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to his arm and leg.
- 25-year-old Ivan Hill was transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper thigh.
Chattanooga Police Spokesman Kyle Miller says Hill's and Jackson's injuries are non-life-threatening.
Miller says witnesses reported that two vehicles approached the group of people outside and the occupants of both vehicles proceeded to shoot numerous rounds into the group, hitting Mr. Cal, Mr. Hill and Mr. Jackson.
Two people who live on Jarvis Avenue told News Channel 9's Brandon Evans, they thought what they were hearing was just fireworks, and not gunshots.
"When I looked out, there were about eight police cars, and they were setting up scenes where they found shell casings," Charles Doss said.
Eric Louallen said he found a fresh bullet hole in his mother's car.
No other suspect information was provided to investigators.
Chief Fletcher says some of the gunshot wound victims are being cooperative with investigators, but some are not. Fletcher says he hopes anyone involved in this incident, including those who drove the gunshot victims to the hospital, will come forward to help police learn more.
Fletcher says, "It certainly appears to be an intergang 'beef.' And the reasons are myriad, and they're often very trivial. That's what makes it so tragic to our community is people aren't fighting over things like the reason this 4th of July holiday was built to celebrate, which is, fighting for their freedoms of their community. These are over little things, like music videos, and disrespect, and the affection of girls - not for significant reasons like men & women dying to protect our country. That's what makes it tragic, that's what makes it difficult for this community, the men & women in the neighborhood I talk to, and the police officers who are out here going from crime scene to crime scene holding these people accountable for this unacceptable level of violence for our community."
Fletcher says to those responsible, "We will find you. Your neighbors will talk. We have evidence, and we will not rest until you are behind bars."
Police say this makes a total of 10 people shot over the last 3 days. Four people were shot on Daisy Street Sunday night. Early Monday morning, someone showed up at Erlanger hospital with a serious gunshot wound.
We will keep you updated with the latest on this developing story.