published Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

3-year-old girl dies of gunshot wound


by Michael Stone
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2010 HOMICIDES

As of July 12

* Jan. 2 -- Body of Jimmy Yearby, 40, found in the middle of Sanders Road with gunshot to the head.

* Jan. 6 -- Marie Oliver, 27, dragged to death behind her boyfriend's pickup on Cummings Highway.

* Jan. 9 -- Jonathan Lawrence, 42, shot while pumping gas at the Kanku's at 3440 Wilcox Blvd.

* Feb. 27 -- Terrance Etchison, 27, shot at the Kanku's on Wilcox Boulevard.

* April 4 -- Jeryl Y. Hudson, 55, shot in the head at the intersection of East 11th and Houston streets.

* April 8 -- Timmy Nichols, 50, shot in the chest on the corner of Main and Willow streets.

* April 29 -- Michael Johnson, 20, shot in the head while sitting on the porch of 2138 E. 27th St.

* May 14 -- Demond Clay, 32, shot in the head while walking to his mother's house in the 2000 block of Raulston Street.

* June 17 -- Michael Newby, 24 shot in the head at 1246 N. Concord Road.

* June 29 -- Bernard Hughes, 46, shot in the head at 4417 Oakwood Drive.

* July 2 -- Antonio Taylor, 28, shot in the head at 3838 Juandale Trail.

* July 12 -- 3-year-old girl shot in chest and dies at 2008 Tinsley Place.

Source: Chattanooga Police Department

A 3-year-old girl was shot and killed Monday after she and her sibling gained access to a loaded gun in their parent's bedroom, Chattanooga police said.

The girl, who was shot in the chest at her family's rented house at 2008 Tinsley Place off 23rd Street, was transported to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, Chattanooga police spokeswoman Jerri Weary said, adding the girl "may have been accidentally shot" by her sibling.

When police arrived shortly after 3 p.m., the girl was unresponsive, Sgt. Weary said.

The owner of the house, Bob Haynes, who also owns the business where the girl's father works, said the young girl's stepbrother, who was either 5 or 6 years old, had fired the shot. There also was an older stepsister in the house during the shooting, he added.

"It was just a situation where a child got a gun and fired a shot and it was fatal," said Mr. Haynes, owner of Haynes & Haynes tire store on South Hawthorne Street.

Shootings in Chattanooga.

As of July 12, 2010

* Jan. 2 — Body of Jimmy Yearby, 40, found in the middle of Sanders Road, died of apparent gunshot to the head.

* Jan. 3 — Jeffrey Jones, 49, shot in the back at 952 N. Orchard Knob Ave.

* Jan. 9 — Jonathan Lawrence, 42, shot and killed while pumping gas at the Kanku’s at 3440 Wilcox Blvd.; Montez Davis charged with first-degree murder.

* Jan. 9 — Inah Garner, 29, shot in the finger during the crossfire of another shooting.

* Jan. 27 — Glen Bailey, 21, shot twice by his girlfriend's brother at 2008 Bennett Ave.

* Feb. 6 — Terry Marshall, 39, shot in the chest at 1501 Roanoke Ave.

* Feb. 7 — 2-year-old child shot when a bullet pierces a car window near 1300 Wilcox Blvd.

* Feb. 11 — Darius Robinson, 21, shot in the leg while driving past the Kanku’s on Wilcox Boulevard.

* Feb. 14 — Gweniqua Strickland, 22, shot in the abdomen, arm and leg while on the couch inside the residence at 4115 Dorris St.; shots came from outside.

* Feb. 21 — Denzel Lloyd, 18, shot while walking to his car after a teen party at the Loose Cannon Art Gallery at 1900 Rossville Ave.

* Feb. 21 — Minnie Moore, 77, grazed in the back and elbow by bullets from outside her home at 1900 Wilson St.

* Feb. 27 — Terrance Etchison, 27, shot and killed at the Kanku’s on Wilcox Boulevard.

* Feb. 27 — Cecil Franklin Stodghill, shot while bartending at the L G Lounge at 830 Dodson Ave.

* March 13 — Juvenile shot in the neck while seated in an SUV at 4600 Rogers Road.

* March 13 — 16-year-old male shot in the lower left leg at 1941 Heaton St.

* March 17 — Two juveniles shot in foot and leg ay 1113 N. Hawthorne St. in a drive-by

* March 26 — Marquis McReynolds, 18, shot in the side and a 15-year-old male shot in the stomach at 1953 Southern St.

* March 27 — Quincy Bell, 18, Kevin Tucker, 18, Andreonna Buchanan, 18 and two juveniles shot in the legs and buttocks in Coolidge Park. Police arrest Anthony Freison, 18, Taurean Patillo, 18, and one juvenile.

* March 30 — RaShaun Dontae, 20, shot in the buttocks at 2210 Duncan Road.

* March 31 — Darius Hyatt, 21, shot in the forearm while walking down the street at the 2600 block of Fourth Avenue.

* April 4 — Jeryl Y. Hudson, 55, shot in the head and killed while a passenger in a Ford Taurus when a white, four-door sedan pulls alongside and an unknown assailant fires into the vehicle.

* April 8 — Timmy Nichols, 50, shot in the chest and killed on the corner of Main and Willow Streets. Police arrest Quinisha Renee Brabson, 20, charging her with criminal homicide.

* April 13 — Michael Graham, 19, shot in the neck while driving away from East 12th Street area.

* April 13 — Walter Nicholson, 23, and Paul Ray Robinson, 26, shot at 1700 N. Orchard Knob Ave.

* April 14 — Ayanna Glenn, 33, shot in her 5207 Woodland View Circle home while lying on the sofa.

* April 23 — Orlando Gomez shot in leg when he startles a man attempting to rob the Big K market at 909 Dodson Ave.

* April 26 — Alan Eady, 40, shot in the leg and hand after two young black males tried to rob him at 2407 Glass St.

* April 29 — Michael Johnson, 20, shot in the head while sitting on the porch of 2138 E. 27th St. Mr. Johnson later died from the wound.

* May 14 — Demond Clay, 32, shot in the head while walking to his mother’s house in the 2000 block of Raulston Street.

* May 16 — Antonio Wright, 37, shot in the torso by Sophia Jones at 1713 Wheeler Ave. Ms. Jones claims Mr. Wright was robbing her.

* May 31 — Damien High, 29, shot in the lower torso on Pinewood Drive.

* May 31 — Michael Appiah, 26, shot in upper left arm while on Youngstown Road.

*June 9 — 59-year-old Chattanooga man shot during a robbery at his 410 Shawnee Trial home.

* June 11 — Marcus Ramos Alanzo shot in the face while being robbed at gunpoint at 2213 E. 14th St.

* June 15 — Marvin Davis, Jr., 21, shot in the leg while leaving Brainerd Road Waffle House.

* June 15 — Robbie Bell, 31, shot three times in leg and Gerald Houston, 51, shot in the arm after an argument between Mr. Bell and another man.

* June 17 — Michael Newby, 24 shot in the head and killed by Andrew Graves, 23 in Newby’s residence at 1246 North Concord Road.

* July 2 — Anthony Hinton shot Dyrel Toney Jr. in the face with a shot gun from a distance, at 4100 Bonny Oaks Drive

* July 2 — Antonio Taylor, 28, was shot in the head at 3838 Juandale Trail. Died July 3.

* July 4 — Jerome Timmons was shot in the head and is in critical condition after getting into a fight on Glass Street.

* July 12 — 3-year-old girl shot in chest and dies at 2008 Tinsley Place.

Source: Chattanooga police

Mr. Haynes said the girl's mother called the father while he was working at the nearby tire store, and he ran to the house and found his daughter lying on the couch.

"He is a fine employee and a fine daddy," Mr. Haynes said, adding the girl was the only one the couple had together.

Paul Livarchuk, who works at nearby Certified Auto Repair and Sales, said he saw the mother outside of the house after hearing "a bunch of screaming."

"She had the kid in her arms and it was just limp," Mr. Livarchuk said. "It made me kind of sick."

Sgt. Weary said police are still examining the details of the case and "any further action" is pending due to the investigation.

This was the city's 12th homicide of the year.

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