published Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Drive-by shootings in Chattanooga injure 2

Police are investigating the second drive-by shooting with injuries in just two days.

In both cases, victims told police they noticed a red vehicle.

Chattanooga police have not stated whether the shootings are related or if it's the result of gang activity, said Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

The shootings bring the total to 89 in the city, according to records kept by the Times Free Press. This time last year, there were 65 shootings resulting in injury or death.

On Monday, police responded to a shooting where 22-year-old Demario Howard was shot in the arm.

Howard told police he was driving near 1020 Bailey Ave. when the red vehicle began driving parallel to him. He heard a couple of rounds and felt pain in his arm before crashing into the Bailey Avenue bridge wall. He said he didn't see the gunman. His arm was broken as a result of the shooting.

On Sunday, police responded to reports of another drive-by shooting after 18-year-old Antonio Edwards received a gunshot wound to his leg.

Edwards told police he ran from the 100 block of Woodvale Avenue when someone opened fire.

He said he saw a red sedan in the area around the time of the shooting.

Edwards, who was with three friends, ran to Brainerd Road to get away. He said he never saw a gunman.

Arrests have not been made in either case.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfree or 423-757-6406.

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