Shortly after midnight, Chattanooga police responded to the first of three New Year's Day shootings.

12:29 a.m.
police went to 4115 Dorris Street and found a male victim dead on scene.

Chattanooga police have identified the victim as 24-year-old Deoaunte M. Dean.

Several children's toys and bicycles were outside on the front lawn. One of his neighbors says Dean was a father of four children.

"The kids come out, they're crying, they didn't know what was going on, confused," said a neighbor, "The one little girl saw her daddy get shot."


The neighbor is too afraid to show her face on camera, knowing someone shot and killed Dean while he was at home on New Year's Eve.

"The victim was shot while inside his home," said Capt. Tommy Woods, "He actually looked out of the window of his home and was shot through the window."

"...And he asked "Who is this?" three times," said the neighbor, "Before he opened up the door and I guarantee you it was at least 20 or 30 shots."


Someone came to Dean's front door with a gun but police don't know who.


Many pictures of Dean on his public Facebook page show the victim with his young children.

"It's crazy that somebody would want to start the New Year like that. That's not right," said the neighbor.

Hours after the shooting death, Dean's father came to his son's house on Dorris St. hoping to get a look inside.

But crime scene investigators were still on scene collecting evidence and said he would have to come back later.

About an hour and a half later, at
2:44 a.m.
a second incident was reported to police. Officers were called to a hospital after a victim showed up with a gunshot wound.

The victim is still in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Capt. Woods says it was an aggravated assault and shooting. The victim told police it happened around the 3100 block of Brainerd Road.

Police have said this victim of this shooting was Reginald L. Lewis Jr.

The third shooting, and second homicide of the day, happened around
3:00 a.m.
at the Waffle House on 4903 Brainerd Road.

The victim was shot while inside a vehicle. The driver of that vehicle then left the scene and flagged down police officers patrolling near 4031 Brainerd Road.

Police found the victim dead on scene, and has been identified as 18-year-old Juan Boyd.

Police said they do not yet have any suspects in any of these shootings. They are still investigating. All three shootings happened within two and a half hours of each other.

"At least two of them might be related," Capt. Woods said, "We're still investigating that though."

Capt. Woods said police were already working with extra patrols and additional officers for the holiday.

"We were out in full force," he said, "Attempting to stop any violence that occurred."

Anyone with information regarding any of these shootings should call Chattanooga Police at (423) 698-2525.

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