UPDATE: Collegedale shooter had domestic violence history - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

UPDATE: Collegedale shooter had domestic violence history

Posted: Updated:
COLLEGEDALE, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: We are learning more about what led to a shooting in Collegedale Sunday.

It happened just before 2:30 in the afternoon in the parking lot of Ooltewah Crossing.

Police say Jeffery Held, 38, drove to the parking lot to speak to his wife who works at Cato Fashions.

“She went outside to speak with him. Unknown events transpired, he shot her in the lower extremities and then turned the shotgun on himself,” Collegedale Police Department Public Information Officer Tanya Sandler said.

Police are not releasing the woman's name because she is a victim of domestic violence.

A Channel 3 investigation found the two were married last August, she filed for divorce in February.

Court records show Held had a criminal history in Hamilton County dating back to 2006 and had been ordered to attend alcohol treatment.

In 2007, he was charged with domestic assault involving a different woman. The charge was dismissed and he was ordered to stay away from her.

The remnants of Sunday's shooting are a painful reminder for those who come here regularly and an example of how domestic violence can happen anywhere at any time.

“Anyone that's suffering a domestic situation, please call us. Let's see if we can get something fixed before this ends up happening,” Sadler added.

UPDATE: Police tell Channel 3 that Jeffery Held, 38, shot his ex-wife in a Collegedale parking lot before fatally shooting himself Sunday. Held died Sunday as a result of the gunshot wound.

The woman was shot in the "lower extremities" and was taken to a nearby hospital for examination and treatment. 

There's currently no update on her condition.

According to Collegedale police, early reports concluded that Held drove to the Ooltewah Crossing shopping complex to speak with the woman, who works at one of the retail stores.

Once she was outside, a discussion took place and Held shot the woman, and then turned his shotgun on himself.

READ MORE | Police investigate deadly shooting near Walmart on Little Debbie Parkway


PREVIOUS STORY: Allan Kim works right next to the parking lot where the shots were fired and wishes he knew more.

"Actually one of our customers here, they watched everything that happened, they were kind of freaked out, the whole family," said Allan Kim.

Collegedale police officers know the public is concerned.

"At 14:22 police were dispatched, to a shooting on the lot of 5910 Reagan Ln., when police arrived there was one deceased, and another party with gunshot wounds to the lower extremities," said Tonya Sadler, PIO, Collegedale Police Department.

Businesses in the parking lot closed up shop shortly after they heard the shots. Investigators gave Channel 3 a few details about the person who died and the person who was rushed to a local hospital. 

"At this time it appears that the deceased party is the one that had the shot gun, the other party with the lower extremities wounds has been transported at this time it is an ongoing investigation," said Sadler.

Business owners and employees hope to understand what happened, and hope those answers come sooner rather than later.

"And I really enjoy having a business here, but until this happened, I really don't know what's going on," said Kim.

Stay with Channel 3 for more on this developing story.

Powered by Frankly