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UPDATE: Victim ID'ed in overnight shooting

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga Police are investigating the city's latest homicide. The victim is a 20-year-old man. Police were called to Wilson Street around 11 o'clock Monday night. When they arrived at Woodlawn Apartments they found the victim with several gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It is the third documented shooting at the address 2300 Wilson Street. Family members of 20-year-old Apprentice Berry say his life was taken by senseless violence.

It was an emotional scene at Woodlawn Apartments Tuesday morning as investigators interviewed possible witnesses to the shooting that took 20-year-old Apprentice Berry's life.

"I got a phone call saying that he's dead," says a cousin of Berry's, through tears.

She says she saw Berry just minutes before the shooting.

"They just took him away! Like, just took him away from us! He just left my house."

"We take the harm or loss of anyone's loved one very very seriously," says Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher.

Chief Fletcher says his department is still piecing together what happened after a chaotic night. After Berry was taken to the hospital, a large group of his family and friends showed up at the ER. Police were called to calm the crowd. They arrested four people for disorderly conduct.

Fletcher says his department is aware Woodlawn is a 'hotspot' for shootings.

"We have a variety of plans in place to try to help any location that sees multiple acts of violence, be and feel safe," says Fletcher.

He says his office is constantly reviewing the numbers, to allocate more manpower and resources to dangerous parts of the city.

"My leadership team and I look at that information very often. I look at it with my boss, the mayor. We're all committed to using data and analysis and intelligence to help keep this community safe."

In the meantime, it is people like Pastor Jonathan Thomas, who are working with police to calm the fears of the community. 

"It is our prayer that God will bring comfort and peace to the family and to this community and to the city of Chattanooga," says Thomas.

"I just don't understand! They're not going to bring him back. Nobody's going to bring him back to us," says Berry's cousin.

This is the city's 23rd homicide of the year and 89th shooting overall. That is compared 19 homicides in 2013 and 118 total shootings.

The Chief says while the number of homicides is up, other violent crimes like robberies, burglaries and aggravated assault are down.

Detectives are still working leads on finding the shooter in this case. If you have any info on this shooting, call the Chattanooga Police Department.



UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified the victim of Monday night's shooting at 20 year-old Apprentice Dequan Berry.

Erlanger said in a news release that a gathering of family and friends outside the Emergency Room was moved across the street by Erlanger's security team.

The ER was then put on lockdown to prevent any disruption to patient care.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and the Chattanooga Police Department managed the group of family and friends.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police are investigating a shooting at the Woodlawn Apartments Monday night that left one dead.

Police responded to the 2300 block of Wilson Street just before 11 p.m. after a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest.

He was taken to the hospital where he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police were called about an hour later to Erlanger hospital, where the victim was taken. A fight broke out inside the Emergency Room when people showed up from the shooting scene. An estimated 20 police officers responded. 

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525.  The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.

So far this year, there have been at least three other shootings at the same apartment complex. 



  • On Jan. 24, 19-year-old Justin Common was shot in the right leg in front of the complex.
  • On Feb. 17, a 16-year-old girl was shot in the head.
  • On Sept. 21, a juvenile and Common were shot and wounded.
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