published Monday, November 21st, 2011

2 injured in separate Chattanooga shootings


by Naomi Jagoda
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Blood stains were visible Sunday afternoon on a cement area in front of stairs to a house at 426 E. 16th St., a rundown neighborhood not far from Main Street.

A 36-year old Hispanic man was shot in the shoulder there just before 2 p.m. It was the second shooting of the day in Chattanooga, police said.

The victim told police that three black men in their 20s took his money, shot him and then drove away in a light blue Ford pickup truck.

No arrests had been made Sunday evening, Chattanooga police spokeswoman Jerri Weary said in a news release.

The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Weary said.

A woman who lives nearby said she saw the shooting through her window. She didn’t want her name used.

She said the victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was working on his car when the suspects approached him.

She said one of the men was wearing a winter coat with a hood and a blue-and-white block pattern. The other was wearing a white sweatshirt or jacket that had a red circle on the back with text in the middle of the circle. She didn’t have a description for the third suspect.

In the earlier incident, police were called to 719 E. 49th St. at 12:30 a.m. and found Johnny Tripp, 35, with gunshot wounds to his chest and thighs, Weary said.

Tripp told police he was sitting on the porch when two acquaintances pulled out guns and began shooting at him. After they hit him, the suspects got into a black Chevy Cavalier and drove off, Weary said.

The only description is that both were male. One was black and one was white, Weary said.

Tripp was taken to a local hospital, and his condition was unknown Sunday night, Weary said.

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