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UPDATE: Family of Jasmine Hines devastated; second murder for family this year

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UPDATE:  The man accused of shooting three people, killing two of them, at a Labor Day party did so because two of the victims got sick and vomited in the house. That's according to what the surviving victim told police.

The police report said Stephen Mobley was at a party at the Pinewood Drive address with the three shooting victims. 

The group then went to the Chattanooga Billiards Club to "play darts, play pool and drink beer."

Afterward, the group returned to the Pinewood location.

The surviving victim told police that she believed that Mobley shot her and the other two victims because the two women vomited in the house.

Mobley is charged in the shooting deaths of  22 year-old Jasmine Hines and 23 year-old Rashaud Taylor.

This is the second murder the Hines family endured this year.

Six months before Jasmine Hines was shot and killed in Chattanooga, her father died the same way.

Michael Hines was murdered and his case is still unsolved.

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"I just have to pray everyday because I have had so much death in my family in the past year," said Michael mother Linda Hines.

Linda Hines can hardly believe murder has devastated her family twice this year.

Her son Michael was shot and killed in March inside her home. Police said it was a robbery and the two suspects got away.

The 41-year-old father was killed in front of his grown daughter, Jasmine.

"She took that real hard. And that's something you'll never get over, not when you're standing there and you seen your father get shot right in front of you," Linda said.

Now just six months later, Jasmine was killed at a party along with her friend Rashaud Taylor.

The motive? 

Police said the killer got upset when Jasmine and another girl vomitted inside the house after a night of drinking.

"For no reason at all," Linda said, "No reason."

Linda said her heartache will never heal. She keeps pictures and videos of her loved ones so their memories will never be lost.

"I'll be alright at times, but sometimes if I ride down the street or if I think about her, if I look at her, that's even with my son, I just start crying," she said.

Jasmine was a talented singer and rapper, a gift Linda said she got from her father. Jasmine wanted to make a career in music.

Linda said her faith is the only thing that brings her comfort, realizing her son and grandaughter will never get the chance to accomplish their dreams.

"When I call on Jesus' name he helps my heart, my heart to heal, because it could be so heavy," she said.

She wishes more people in the community, especially those involved in gangs and violence, would turn to that faith.

"Any problems that you have you need to pray about it before you go and act on it," Linda said.

Police said the man arrested for Jasmine's murder is a gang member but their deaths had nothing to do with gang violence.

The two suspects involved in Michael's death are still on the run. His death is also not believed to be gang-related.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for continuing coverage of this story.


Editor's note: Channel 3 reporter Michelle Heron and photojournalist Tim McCurry were providing live shots for Eyewitness News Today outside of the Chattanooga Police Services Center about the search for Stephen Mobley Wednesday morning when Heron noticed a silver Honda Accord pull into the parking lot. 

Heron saw a woman get out of the driver’s seat and walk up to both outdoor entrances of the center. The woman walked back to the car after realizing both doors were locked.

But then, Heron noticed there were two other people sitting in the car. As the car was pulling out of the parking lot, Heron looked through the windshield and realized someone sitting in the front passenger seat matched the pictures and description of Mobley.

Unaware that Mobley had plans to turn himself in, she immediately called CPD’s public information officer and CPD Chief Fred Fletcher to alert them that Mobley may possibly be trying to turn himself in.

Fletcher confirmed to Heron that Mobley turned himself into police without incident.


PREVIOUS STORY: A Chattanooga man on the state's Top 10 Most Wanted list decided to make it easy and turn himself in. 

Stephen Mobley, 32, is charged with killing two people on Labor Day. 

Mobley posted a public video on his Facebook page hours before his surrender. 

Parts of the video are hard to understand, but one point Mobley makes is clear: There are two sides to every story. 

"You know there are two sides to every poem," Mobley said in the video. 

Hours later, Mobley showed up at the Chattanooga Police Services Center on Amnicola Highway. 

Danna Vaught, Assistant Chief of Special Operations for Chattanooga Police, heard the call. 

"I heard one of the officers get on the radio with someone in the back lot and seconds later, he reported that it was Stephen Mobley," she said. 

Detectives believe Mobley is the one who shot three people in East Brainerd, leaving two of them dead. 

Local police called on the state and even the feds for help tracking them down. 

"In my opinion, it was all of that, that Mr. Mobley realized that it was simply in his best interest and the best interest of the community to turn himself in and face the charges," Deputy Chief David Roddy said. 

It's unclear what prompted Mobley to face authorities but police say he's cooperating with investigators. 

"It is our hope that the people affected by this crime sleep a little easier tonight," Roddy added. 

Police have not released the identity of the third victim in the case, citing her safety but we do know that she continues to recover. 

Mobley is due in court next week. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police confirm Stephen Mobley is in custody.

Police tell Channel 3 that Mobley arrived with his aunt and walked up to an officer pumping gas and said he wanted to turn himself in.

Mobley has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

It's not the first time Mobley's been in police custody. In 2012, Mobley was charged in the fatal shooting of Gregory Watkins. His trial ended with a hung jury.

Stay with Channel 3 as this story develops.


PREVIOUS STORY: The suspect in a double homicide that occurred on Labor Day has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list.

During a news conference Tuesday, Chattanooga police Chief Fred Fletcher named 32-year-old Stephen M. Mobley as a suspect in the shootings.

Mobley has multiple warrants for his arrest for two counts of first-degree murder, according to Fletcher. There is also another arrest warrant for Mobley for attempted first-degree murder. Other charges pending against Mobley are two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a felony.

TBI says Mobley is also known by the name of "Dollar" He's described as: 

  • Black man
  • 5'11'' 185 lbs.
  • Black hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Several tattoos

Chattanooga police have identified the victims of the fatal Labor Day shooting as Jasmine Hines, 22 and Rashaud Taylor, 23.

"We do have every reason to believe Mobley shot 3 people yesterday. Mobley should be considered a very dangerous man," Chief Fred Fletcher of the Chattanooga Police Department said.

A third person was injured in the shooting, but police have not identified the victim.

"We do have reason to be concerned about the surviving victim's safety and we will not be releasing her identity," Fletcher said.

Chief Fletcher said Mobley and the three victims knew each other. He told Channel 3 an interaction between all of them led to the shooting, but wouldn't elaborate.

Mobley is a known gang member, but Fletcher said he doesn't believe that affiliation had anything to do with the shooting.

He's asking people to be vigilant if they spot him.

"We need your help. If you know where Stephen Maurice Mobley is, call 911, contact investigators. We need to take this armed, dangerous suspect into custody as soon as possible," Fletcher said.

Mobley was convicted of manslaughter in a 2005 deadly shooting in College Hill Courts.

He was on trial last year for the shooting death of 29-year-old Gregory Watkins at a Brainerd Road gas station. That trial ended in a deadlocked jury.

Prosecutors decided not to retry the case.

The TBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Stephen Mobley's arrest.

If you have information on Mobley's whereabouts, contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or call Chattanooga police at 423-698-2525.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police responded early Monday morning to a shooting in the 7400 block on Pinewood Drive.

Three people were reportedly shot; two women and one man. Two of the victims died at the scene, according to police.

Police say the other woman who was shot was transported to the hospital. The extent of her injuries are unknown.

Currently, there is no suspect information at this time.

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