7 shootings in 10 days
March 4 — Ronald Blackmon, 25, fatally shot in the head in the 1200 block of Sheridan Avenue. Edward Ryals Jr., and Demetrius Bibbs, both 18, have been charged in the killing.
March 5 — Prandell Haynes, 20, shot in the hand and a 3-year-old shot in the leg at 2300 Wilson St.
March 6 — Darrell Paris, 22, shot in abdomen with sawed-off shotgun at 1329 Cypress Street Court.
March 7 — Man grazed from gunfire at 2302 Windsor St.
March 9 — Myles Compton fatally shot at 9125 Stony Mountain Drive. Police have charged Myles Stout, 20, with reckless homicide.
March 13 — Sharron Arnold, 23, shot in each leg at 4295 Shallowford Road.
March 13 — Saundra Williams, 20, shot in shoulder and face while driving in the 1800 block of N. Hawthorne St.
Source: Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department
Two people were injured in shootings early Sunday morning, bringing the tally of shootings in the Chattanooga area over the past 10 days to seven.
Sharron Arnold, 23, told Chattanooga police he was standing outside his car at the Stepping Out Club at 4295 Shallowford Road about 5:30 a.m. when he was shot in the calf and thigh, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.
Two other men, David Craddock Jr., 21, and Reginald Yearby Jr., 19, told police they were riding by the club when gunfire erupted. They said they drove to the Harriett Tubman Homes where they called Saundra Williams, 20, to pick them up. The three were driving in the area of 1800 N. Hawthorne St. when their vehicle was shot at again and Williams was hit in the shoulder and face, Weary said.
The wounded were treated at local hospitals, and neither has life-threatening injuries, Weary said.
The motives for the shootings are unknown, and there are no suspects. Weary said it is unclear whether any of the past week’s shootings are related, or how many are affiliated with gang activity.
“We’re seeing an increased number of crimes committed by younger offenders,” Weary said. “We’re beefing up patrol. We’re monitoring gangs. But regardless of whether we identify young adults as being gang members, we can’t arrest them unless they commit an offense. In order for things to change, parents are going to have to do more to monitor their kids.”
There have been 11 shootings with injuries reported in Chattanooga this year, according to newspaper records. At this time last year, there were 15.
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