published Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Slaying victim had 42 wounds

Anthony White’s body was riddled with bullets.

A total of 42 bullet entry and exit wounds are documented in a Hamilton County medical examiner’s report released Friday. It’s unclear how many times the 28-year-old actually was shot.

White’s lifeless body was discovered May 12 in an alley behind Robbins Street off Roanoke Street. Witnesses told police White was killed in a shootout between a group of men.

At the scene, police recovered .45-caliber and .380-caliber cartridges and 12-gauge shotgun shells, according to the report.

As of Friday, no arrests had been made in the slaying, and police had no new information to release.

A gunshot residue test was performed on White, but the results have not been released.

At his home in St. Elmo, family members declined to talk, but in what appeared to be a child’s handwriting, “RIP Anthony” was marked in pink chalk on the underside of a board on a small porch of the brick home.

White worked at a local athletic field doing landscaping and had one daughter.

He had a lengthy arrest record in which a majority of the charges were dismissed, according to Hamilton County Criminal Court records.

In 2002, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to court records.

There have been a total of 11 homicides in the city of Chattanooga this year and 29 shootings with injuries.

White’s death continues a statistic that has carried through at least the past two years in Chattanooga — most shooting victims are black.

In 2009, out of 84 victims, 67 were black men, according to police statistics. In 2010, out of 67 shooting victims, 52 were black men.

As of May 18 this year, the city reported a total of 33 shooting victims, 27 of whom were black men.

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