UPDATE: Teen suspect arrested in East 14th Street shooting
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: Chattanooga Police have arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting that happened near East 14th Street Wednesday morning.
The teen is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. PREVIOUS STORY: Police are searching for answers in two separate shooting incidents, only hours apart. Four teens were hit by gunfire, one is in critical condition, according to Chattanooga Police.
Officials said a 19-year-old victim was shot in the arm on North Orchard Knox Avenue around 11p.m. Monday.
The second round of gunfire happened on East 14th street just before 1:30 Tuesday morning.
“I am worried about getting killed with a stray bullet and rightly so,” said neighbor Michael Barr.
People living in the middle of Chattanooga’s latest crime scene told Channel 3 Eyewitness News they’re fed up. In less than a week the city has seen 5 shootings and 8 victims.
“This causes a great deal of concern to the Chattanooga Police Department because we are committed to helping keep our community safe and help them feel safe,” said Chief Fred Fletcher, Chattanooga Police Dept.
Officers said a gunman in an unidentified vehicle opened fire on a family sitting on their front porch, Tuesday. Investigators said a 16-year old was critically injured with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
Family members tell Channel 3 the teen is in critical condition in the ICU at Erlanger hospital. They said his 19–year-old brother Zaccheus Hardnett is also recovering from a graze wound to his ankle. Police said family friend Deraesean Bowman also suffered a graze wound to his calf.
“I heard a bunch of yelling and screaming when I came outside there were already police here,” said Barr.
Just two hours earlier and two miles away, investigators found 19-year-old Joshua Lee Crump on North Orchard Knob with a bullet wound to his forearm. Chief Fletcher said it’s unclear if the two shootings are connected, it is something investigators are looking into.
“We're engaging all of our efforts, resources and energy wise to investigate and follow up on these cases,” said Chief Fletcher.
Crump told officers the man who shot him ran away on foot. Police said he won’t give any more information that will help.
“There appears to be some sort of street code that precedes this,” said Chief Fletcher.
Until there are answers, neighbors said they are on the lookout.
“I don't rest easay here I’m always on guard I carry guns and knives with me at all times,” said Barr,
Some neighbors told Channel 3 Eyewitness News that this is not the first shooting to happen at this home on East 14th street. Family members did confirm that the 16 -year old victim’s cousin was shot in the arm just a few weeks ago. Police said they are working strong leads in this case.
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525. The investigation is ongoing, more information will be released when available.
UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified several of the victims in the overnight shootings in Chattanooga
1703 East 14th Street shooting:
Zaccheus Hardnett, 19, gunshot graze wound to the ankle
Deraesean Bowman, 18, gunshot graze wound to his calf
The third victim is a juvenile; information will not be released.
North Orchard Knob shooting:
Joshua Lee Crump, 19
Four teens were injured in two separate shootings overnight.
Late Tuesday night, a 19-year-old male was shot in the 1000 block of North Orchard Knob.
The teen was hit in the right arm and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He told police that the gunman was unknown to him.
He originally told officers that the shooting took place on Cooley Streetbut officers later found shell casing in the 1000 block of North Orchard Knob. He also told police he would not press charges.
About 1:30am, three people were injured Wednesday in another shooting incident. Two teens, ages 18 and 19, did not require medical treatment. They were grazed by bullets.
Dispatchers confirmed Chattanooga police responded to the 1700 block of East 14th Street at about 1:30 a.m. A 16-year-old suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen was taken tolocal hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. The teens told police that they were sitting on a porch at a residence at 1703 E. 14th St. when an unknown vehicle drove by and a masked passenger opened fire.
Since Aug. 2, Chattanooga police have investigated one shooting a day. A total of eight people have been injured in the shootings. It's unclear if any of the incidents are connected. Police suspect some of the earlier shootings may be gang related. Victims have been uncooperative in most of the cases.
Aug. 2 - Cordarius Bennett, 25, is shot in the leg on Brainerd Road.
Aug. 3 - Brandon Steward, 26, is shot twice in the left leg at 1403 Tunnel Blvd.
Aug. 4 - Shawn Caldwell, 18, and Kima Evans, 20, are both shot and wounded at a house party on Harrison Pike.
Aug. 5 - A 19-year-old is wounded in the arm in the 1000 block of North Orchard Knob.
Aug. 6 - Three teens were shot in the 1700 block of East 14th Street.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chattanooga police at (423) 698-2525.
Stay with Channel 3 Eyewitness News for updates on this developing story.