Crime Stoppers: Seeking Joel Ervin's murderer
It was a violent night in July. There were three people shot; two in the Glenwood neighborhood and the third, our victim in this week's Crime Stoppers case. Joel Ervin was shot off North Seminole. "We do not believe that this was a random act. We believe that he was targeted," said Chattanooga Police Sgt. Victor Miller. "He was in the parking lot of a residence that he was staying at the apartment complex off Pinewood Avenue."
Monday night had turned to Tuesday morning, July 30th. It was about 2:30 AM. We believe that multiple people engaged him and shot in there in the parking lot," Miller explained. "We believe that multiple suspects are involved in this homicide and we believe that multiple vehicles could've been used to come to the scene and also leave the scene."
The popular barber had just returned from a convenience store run and was getting out of his vehicle when it happened. Just 37-years old, Joel Ervin was a father, and a valued member of his family and community. We need your help to track down his killers. "If you live in the area and you saw something suspicious prior to or after this incident," Miller said, "maybe you saw something on Facebook, you've heard a friend or family member talk about this incident." Or, perhaps one of the suspects has talked. We have reward cash for that information.
If you live in the area and have a home security or doorbell camera, you can help, too. "We can check to see if maybe the suspect or suspect vehicles were caught on your camera," Sgt. Miller added. "We use technology in every case and the more and more that we use it, the better we"re able to solve cases."
People who would take a life, who have killed a man, are loose in our city. "In a lot of cases like this, a lot of people want to know, 'what's the motive', 'what's the reason?' and sometimes, we don't know and we never find out," said Miller. "But, what we do know is that no one, no motive is that important to kill someone."
If you know anything about any of the people involved or, if you have video you would like to share with police, you can communicate with Crime Stoppers, anonymously. Your call goes to our phone center and you will be issued a case number. We will never ask your name.
Call now: 698-3333
Up to $1,000 is waiting. The line is manned for you 24/7.