CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Three men were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of shooting incidents on Saturday night. No arrests have been made, and police are searching for suspects.
Here is a statement from Sgt. Jerri Weary of the Chattanooga Police Department concerning the two Saturday night shootings:
Multiple early morning shooting incidents sent three men to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The first incident occurred on the lot of Walt's Bar at 6238 Bonny Oaks Drive just after midnight. The victim, Ralph Higgins, told police that he was sitting in his car on the lot of the bar when he was approached by a suspect and told to give up his wallet. When he refused to do so, the suspect shot him in the abdomen.
Higgins described the suspect as a short black male, between 4'11 and 5'1 wearing a brown shirt. After the shooting, Higgins said the suspect got into a small 4-door brown car and left the scene.
The second incident happened around 1:30 during a large house party at 909 Crutchfield Street and injured two men. Reginald Locklin told police that he'd just been called to work as a bouncer at the party when he was shot. According to Locklin, two men in the crowd of party goers began to provoke the crowd and when he began walking toward the men to make then leave, one pulled a gun and began shooting. A bullet went through one of his legs and lodged in the other. He was transported to Erlanger by private vehicle.
A second man, Brandon Robinson, said he was shot in the foot as he was being patted down to enter the party. Robinson was taken to Parkridge Hospital by his girlfriend. The bullet that hit him is believed to have grazed his heel.
Locklin described the shooter as a black male, 6'01, wearing a brown button-down shirt and jean shorts with dreads or plats pulled back into a short ponytail. Neither Locklin nor Robinson could give a description of the second suspect. Police are still working on leads in both cases and no arrests have been made.