published Saturday, July 30th, 2011

One killed, one hurt in Chattanooga shooting; police searching for suspects

A K-9 unit officer stops while on patrol to talk with a friend near the house, background, where two people were shot early Thursday morning. One person was killed and another was wounded in the shooting, which occurred just after midnight in the 2300 block of East 17th Street.
A K-9 unit officer stops while on patrol to talk with a friend near the house, background, where two people were shot early Thursday morning. One person was killed and another was wounded in the shooting, which occurred just after midnight in the 2300 block of East 17th Street.
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BY THE NUMBERS


• 16 — Homicides in Chattanooga as of Thursday

• 14 — Fatal shootings

• 40 — Shooting incidents with injury (does not include number of victims)

Source: Times Free Press records

Blood still stained the doorway of a small East Side home Thursday morning, a few hours after a man was shot to death and his girlfriend seriously wounded in a home robbery.

"She was propping the door open with her body, and you could tell she was still bleeding really bad when [paramedics] moved her," said Brooke Floyd, who lives across the street on East 17th Street, one street down from East Side Elementary School.

The woman, 38-year-old Yetta Harris, was shot in the stomach and the chest, but is expected to survive after surgery, said Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

James Frederick Williams Jr., 23, died after an assailant fired multiple gunshots into his chest during a robbery, according to Chattanooga Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. He is Chattanooga's 16th homicide of the year.

A young boy and a baby girl were in the home during the robbery, along with Harris' 18-year-old son. According to the 18-year-old -- who police have not named -- two men entered the home, demanding money at gunpoint.

Police stayed at the crime scene until after daylight. They are looking for at least two suspects, but no additional information has been released.

Weary said drugs may have been a factor in the attack because detectives found narcotics in the home.

Williams had a history of drug dealing and had a Sept. 1 court date scheduled for year-old charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and possession of crack cocaine for resale, Hamilton County Criminal Court records show.

He also had a General Sessions Court date scheduled for today to face a charge of possession of drugs for resale from May.

Harris also has a criminal history in Hamilton County. She pleaded guilty to theft in 1997 and was arrested for vandalism and malicious mischief charges in May. Her next court date is scheduled for Aug. 19.

"They had troubles. But nothing to deserve this, getting shot up like that," said Cotillyah Johnson, 32, who lives a few houses down from the couple's home.

Floyd, who has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, said the neighborhood has been riddled with crime over the last decade -- break-ins, drug deals and other shootings.

"But this is pretty much the worst I've ever seen," she said.

Out of the city's 16 homicides this year, 10 of the cases have been closed, according to Weary.

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Veritas said...

Chattanooga has one less criminal, let's hope that number doubles.

July 30, 2011 at 9:22 a.m.
rolando said...

Ho-hum. Yet another drug-related East Side shooting.

July 30, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
iggiepops64 said...

@Veritas: You're so right, just sad it wasn't you. NO ONE, regardless of their past criminal history (except those tried and convicted of MURDER) deserves to be shot and killed in any way what-so-ever. The lack of compassion in this town just shows why our homicide rate is at 16 already this year. Maybe drugs were involved (probably, actually), but the last time I checked, murder was not listed as the ONLY method of reprimand for such crimes. Obviously you and many others in Chattanooga have forgotten that they have a heart for their fellow man/woman. That is the real crime here.

July 30, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
fedup350 said...

Criminals killing criminals. Check the public wesite, hamiltontn, gov. Yetts Harriss has been arrested 13 times since 1997 icluding drug sales charges. James Willimas Jr has been arrested 12 times with numerous drug sales charges. The suspect that has been made public now, Jerricho Hawthorne, has been arrested 13 times now and has been involved in several shootings and was even on crime stoppers for one of them. More black on black crime and now the 17th or 18th black on black killings in Chattanooga just in 2011. My questions? Where is the public outrage from the black community? Where is Jo Ann Favors with her fopply hats? Where are the "black Leaders" who all appeared on TV to call for a federal Investigation into three white drunken idiots who were name calling and throwing firecrackers. Again the "black leaders" got on TV and made a lot of noise when Rhonda Thurman uttered the latest politcally incorrect word, slavery. They said it was an insult to black people. I find it an insult to black people that you hear nothing from the NAACP or Jo Ann Favors or Tommie Brown when their black people are killed by black people on such a large scale in a relativaly small City like Chattanooga. Maybe it is because it will get them no votes or campaign contributios or publicity or stir up any emotions that they can take advantage of for their own gain. WHERE are the "black :eaders"?

July 30, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

@fedup350, If records were kept during prohibition the level of arrests would likely look the same or worse as they do today. And like prohibition many, even police officers, lost their lives and freedom for naught, because alcohol ended up being legalized anyway.

July 30, 2011 at 2:02 p.m.
LibDem said...

iggiepops64: Where is your compassion for the 18-year-old boy, the young boy and the baby girl. The victims lived outside the law with little concern for the collateral damage their lives inflicted.

July 30, 2011 at 5:42 p.m.
fedup350 said...

macropetala8: what in the world are you talking about? Did you post on the wrong story or something?

July 30, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

fedup350 said... macropetala8: what in the world are you talking about? Did you post on the wrong story or something?

Nope! fedup350. You're the one who brought up the victims' drug arrests as if they got what they deserved. I'm just pointing out the fact that alcohol was once considered illegal until it was made illegal by doing away with prohibition. During the time alcohol was illegal the crime rate basically spiked the same way it has today. America didn't have the technology or record keeping it has today. Lawmakers can make anything illegal, including a biscuit. If biscuits were made illegal you'd have more people getting arrested for cooking and eating biscuits. LOL!

July 30, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.
fedup350 said...

So macropetala8, you are saying that we should legalize all drugs so that you and our children can sit at home every day smoking pot, smoking crack, smoking meth and snorting cocaine. That is the stupidest thing Ihave heard on here. Another one that has to type LOL, are you a teenage girl?

July 31, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
chioK_V said...

So macropetala8, you are saying that we should legalize all drugs so that you and our children can sit at home every day smoking pot, smoking crack, smoking meth and snorting cocaine. That is the stupidest thing Ihave heard on here

Now, the above is really one of the stupdiest things anyone has ever said on here. Does everyone sit at home drinking beer and liquor everyday because alcohol is now legal?

July 31, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Chiok.v. you are comparing alcohol to crack and meth? You get the stupid award hands down.

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August 1, 2011 at 7:54 a.m.
j17davis said...

Sounds like a drug deal gone bad. A good way to get rid of them is for them to kill each other off. Thanks guy.

August 7, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.
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