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Update: Gang members shoot at kids exiting school bus

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By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Hamilton County Superintendent Jim Scales' office has released more information to School Board members about Tuesday's shooting incident near Tunnel Boulevard.  Chattanooga police have arrested a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male in connection with the incident.

According to the superintendent, "We understand that the 16-year old male student is currently enrolled at Washington Alternative (home school is Brainerd) and the 17-year old male and female students dropped out of Tyner Academy before fall break.

Late Wednesday, a Chattanooga Police spokesperson said, "The 17 year old female who ran from the scene of yesterdays pursuit with Chattanooga Police, turned herself in at the Chattanooga Police Department Police Services Center at 3410 Amnicola Highway.  After being interviewed by investigators, she was transported to Erlanger for treatment for injuries she received in the crash yesterday.  When she is released from Erlanger, she will be transported to the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with the following:


1.      3 counts of Aggravated Assault

2.      Felony Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Dangerous Felony

3.      Evading Arrest

Chattanooga Police Department Crime Suppression Unit plans to have a presence at the bus stop to deter any further action.  It is (our) intention to also have an adult present."
Police Chief Bobby Dodd said Wednesday he will ask to have the juvenile suspects tried as adults.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Two gang members are accused of shooting at students exiting their school bus on Through Street in Chattanooga on Tuesday afternoon. The chaos of the afternoon ended with a police chase.

According to officers, several students had just gotten off the school bus when two guys wearing bandanas in a pickup truck drove by and shot at them six to ten times. All of the bullets missed the children. Police dispatchers let other officers know to be on the lookout for this truck. 

A few minutes later, officers with the Crime Suppression Unit spotted the pickup truck on Windsor Street. When officers tried to get the driver to pull over, he took off. They led police on a chase through neighborhoods, towards McCallie Avenue. 

When they approached McCallie at Willow Street, the truck crashed into another traveling through the intersection. Police say the suspects kept going through city streets and neighborhoods with no regard for other drivers and pedestrians. 

The suspects finally lost control of their vehicle at Willow and Garfield Streets near Third Street, left the roadway and struck a utility pole.  The three suspects inside the vehicle, 2 males and 1 female, ran away. Officers captured the two male suspects and recovered two handguns on one of them. 

The driver of the vehicle that was struck at McCallie and Willow was transported to Parkridge Medical Center by EMS with minor injuries.  The two male suspects, a 16 year old and a 17 year old, both gang members, were transported to Erlanger by EMS. 

The 16 year old suspect is no stranger to police. He was charged earlier this year in the shooting that occurred at Coolidge Park on March 28, 2010.  He was charged with five counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, five counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Felony Reckless Endangerment. 

"These are the kinds of situations we face on a daily basis as law enforcement officers.  We have to deal with repeat offenders who have no regard for human life," Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd wrote in a news release to Channel 3 Eyewitness News. 

This case is ongoing and charges are pending on these two juveniles. The female suspect is still on the loose.

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