published Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Chattanooga: Two arrested in shootings

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    This unidentified suspect is being sought by Chattanooga Police.

Chattanooga police have two men in custody in relation to two separate shootings late Saturday night.

Police first responded to a shooting in the parking lot of the Kanku’s convenience store at 3440 Wilcox Blvd. around 10:45 p.m. Saturday.

They found 27-year-old Terrance Etchison unresponsive and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso, according to a news release from Sgt. Jerri Weary, a spokeswoman for the department. EMS workers pronounced him dead.

After speaking with witnesses, police learned that Mr. Etchison and a black male had words inside the Kanku’s. That exchange then carried over to the parking lot when the victim exited the store, Sgt. Weary said. During the conversation outside, the suspect pulled a gun and shot Mr. Etchison in the area of the upper torso then got into his vehicle and left, she said.

Jamaal Byrd, 29, was arrested late Sunday and charged with first-degree murder in Mr. Etchison's death. He was taken into custody at the Hamilton County Jail after negotiating his surrender with fugitive investigators. Mr. Byrd was identified from surveillance video.

No motive has been determined in the shooting, Sgt. Weary said.

Police also responded around midnight to a shooting at the L G Lounge at 830 Dodson Ave. Cecil Franklin Stodghill was taken to Erlanger hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach, Sgt. Weary said in a news release.

According to information obtained from witnesses, Mr. Stodghill was bartending at the at 830 Dodson Avenue, Sgt. Weary stated. The suspect, Leon Holmes, attempted to take money from Stodghill’s tip jar which resulted in a fight between the two men. After the fighting incident, Mr. Holmes allegedly returned and shot Mr. Stodghill in the chest and abdomen, she said.

Mr. Stodghill was taken to Erlanger Hospital and into emergency surgery with critical injuries . His current condition is not known. Investigators with the Fugitive Division took Mr. Holmes into custody this morning at 6515 Ringgold Road. He is currently being interviewed by investigators and is expected to be charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm, Sgt. Weary stated.

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CollegeGraduate said...

More scum of the earth shooting at each other, making this city even worse than it already is. I say put all these ghetto scum people some kind of death bowl or death match and let them have at it. This city is too small to have this much violence. I can't wait to escape this place.

February 28, 2010 at 11:16 a.m.
redsoxtn said...

ugh... The statement that Chattanooga is nothing but trouble is completely false. How can you know if it's trouble if you don't reside here? People aren't just running around killing all the time. I promise.

February 28, 2010 at 12:21 p.m.
Signalman said...

It's a shame that Chattanooga is the way it is. There is no need for all this unecessary killings. Okay, true the jobs are scarce and the economy is bad. But that's life. You adapt and sacrifice. These shootings are bad choices that people makes. But where is our faith? Our family values? Our morals? All of a sudden, parents aren't there to teach and mold their children. Instead, they condone their children's actions. They're quick to defend their children's wrongdoings. Something IS wrong..it starts at home.

February 28, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.

aah, the Renaissance of Chattanooga, just warms the cockles of the Progressive heart, doesn't it?

Signalman and Indian got it exactly right, there is no excuse for the perpetrators. Just the Law.

February 28, 2010 at 2:17 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

I once hated Chattanooga until I was stationed in Miami. I promptly moved my family back to Chattanooga where it's much, much safer.

February 28, 2010 at 7:58 p.m.
rolando said...

Amen, indian. Great advice.


I notice no charge listed for illegally carrying a firearm into an establishment that serves alcohol. Hm-m-m. This guy was breaking a gun control law. Imagine that.

February 28, 2010 at 8:27 p.m.
hotroller said...

I just can't sit here and let Chattanooga take this bad rap. I am a career law enforcement officer from the opposite end of Tennessee but I love Chattanooga. Just returned from a week there and it was great. Nooga has so many attractions and is wrapped in history. I have been visiting there since back in the '60s and lived there for a few months in 2006 after I retired. I have never had a minutes trouble and I find the natives friendly and helpful. Before you condemn the whole city check out the locations where these things are happening and I bet you will find it is mostly in the places where decent folks don't go. Just like other cities, they will have their share of trouble. If you don't associate with drugs and gangs and you go where decent folks go you will not have any trouble...I promise..

February 28, 2010 at 10:07 p.m.
enufisenuf said...

hotroller, maybe you should read the stories about the abuse that local law enforcemnt have done to the citizens in and around nooga. Its amazing how much tunnelvision floks like you and the churchies have when they don't want to see the truth

March 1, 2010 at 12:14 p.m.
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