Police identified 21-year-old Jacquard M. Petty as the victim. Mr. Petty had pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, simple possession of cocaine and underage possession of alcohol in March 2007.
The day after he turned 21, Jacquard M. Petty was shot once in the head.
Mr. Petty, who was pronounced dead Thursday at Erlanger hospital, was at the 2301 Club at 2301 Milne St. near Dodson Avenue when a disagreement with another person began shortly before 2:30 a.m. that day, police said.
The fight spilled into the street and a nearby parking lot, at which time a man produced a handgun, police said. As Mr. Petty ran down the street, the other man fired several shots, said Lt. Tim Carroll, head of the Chattanooga Police Department’s major crimes unit.
In the 2200 block of Milne Street, Mr. Petty either collapsed or fell and was shot near his left eye by the man, Chattanooga police spokeswoman Lt. Kim Noorbergen said.
Preliminary findings indicate Mr. Petty and a woman had an argument at the club, and it continued in the parking lot where the woman and the victim’s girlfriend got into a fight, police said.
Mr. Petty allegedly slapped one of the women sometime during the events leading up to his death, Lt. Carroll said. Investigators believe alcohol factored into the events but still are working to determine exactly what happened and who was involved.
The unidentified woman’s boyfriend produced a handgun and confronted Mr. Petty, then chased him across the street and shot at him several times, police said.
Mr. Petty continued running west on Milne Street where he fell or collapsed and was shot in the head while he was down, police said. The gunman ran after the shooting, police said. Police initially took a person of interest into custody, but later determined he was not the man who shot Mr. Petty.
The victim turned 21 on Wednesday, Lt. Carroll said.
Police are continuing to investigate the shooting.
In March 2007, Mr. Petty pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Criminal Court to aggravated assault, underage possession of alcohol, simple possession of cocaine and driving on a suspended, revoked or canceled license, court records show.
For the aggravated assault charge, Mr. Petty was sentenced to three years in the Tennessee Department of Correction by Judge Rebecca Stern, but was placed on unsupervised probation after his sentence was suspended for good behavior, according to court records.
Thursday’s shooting comes exactly one week after the city’s ninth homicide, in which 22-year-old LaTony Johnson was stabbed in the chest in East Lake. Police continue to search for Courrie Long in connection with that incident.
The homicide total does not include the death of 15-year-old McCallie student Bobby Wayne Covert II, who died April 22 in his hometown of Lexington, Ky., after collapsing due to injuries sustained during a fight with another student.
His death had been ruled a homicide by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office.