published Monday, September 12th, 2011

19-year-old man shot and killed during fight in Chattanooga

by Naomi Jagoda
Chattanooga police search the crime scene at the 1900 block of Southern Street near where a 19-year-old man was shot and killed Monday.
Chattanooga police search the crime scene at the 1900 block of Southern Street near where a 19-year-old man was shot and killed Monday.
Photo by Jenna Walker.

Aundre Bush, 19, was killed after being shot in the head Monday evening in the 1900 block of Southern Street near the Harriett Tubman public housing development, said Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

Police received a call just after 6 p.m. about the incident, Weary said. About 100 people were at the scene when police arrived, she said.

Witnesses told police that a large fight was taking place between two largely female groups when a black male started shooting in the crowd, Weary said. The suspect, who police still are seeking, was described as heavyset and wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts, Weary said.

Bush was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Weary said.

Onlookers said Bush’s sisters and mother came out to fight and called Bush for backup. Later gunfire broke out and Bush was shot and killed.

This is the 20th homicide of the year in Chattanooga.

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harrystatel said...

Apparently there weren't any "dignitaries" in that crowd that qualified for VIP treatment.

September 12, 2011 at 8:48 p.m.
CharlesMartel said...

What's with it always being a Black dude in a white t-shirt?

September 12, 2011 at 10:21 p.m.
patriot1 said...

The Great Society.....we have arrived.

September 12, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.
uncle said...

CharlesMartel said. u to evil man just lost his life wait to its yo trun i hope everybody have someting to say bad about u! the kid loved his mom! an sister! life was just starting to look up! people loved him! we loved him so thats why im talking to u! u didnt know him!

September 12, 2011 at 11:58 p.m.
uncle said...

we love u man! i got a pic of him now! we just came back in from cutting grass! an he worked hard! we gone miss u man!

September 13, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
mrsmcclure said...


You are a jerk. No one blamed any race on the post of in the article. And if you think the vols suck ............move!

September 13, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.
dao1980 said...

I would blame being at the 1900 block of Southern Street...

September 13, 2011 at 8:35 a.m.
SexyBT said...

No don't blame Southern st. blame tha mother for winding hill

September 13, 2011 at 9:04 a.m.

Not only do I blame the guy who shot him, I blame his idiot mother and sisters for fighting in the yard like dogs and calling him out for help in the foolery!! And also, if generations live and die in the projects, they have no hope therefore why not act like this? The PJs are a dead end. The same people who complain about welfare queens, the projects, etc... need to push to have the projects torn down, and these people intergrated into society like human beings. Not piled up in the projects!!

September 13, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.
SexyBT said...

No don't blame Southern st. Blame tha mother for bring him to southern st. to fight with a gun.......!

September 13, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.
hambone said...

Someone explain to me how tearing down the projects will change anything.

Brick apartments don't make a "hood".

The residents make the "hood"

September 13, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

This is just another terrible mess! Must the CPD and the HCSD surround all of the projects every night/weekend to prevent all of these killings??

Why aren't the "Black Leaders" in this city out there trying to stop this?? Why aren't they walking the streets every night trying to help?? Oh, yeah, right...I forgot...the black community DOESN'T HAVE ANY TRUE BLACK LEADERS!! The so-called "Black Leaders" only show up when Joanne is in town to scream Racism about any and everything or get their pictures in the paper!!!

Like I said....this is just another terrible mess! And it's SOLELY at the feet of the black community for putting up with it!


September 13, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.

Once people grow dependent on public assistance, they rarely come out of it and its passed on down to the next generation. I'm not saying the projects MAKE them act this way, but I grew up in a black middle class suburb and we weren't fighting in the damn yard like animals or shooting each other. There is a certain correlation with behavior and socio-economic conditions.

September 13, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
ashleykc said...

People of Chattanooga need to take back their community and clean it up to stop this mess. People shouldn't hear the term "bad neighborhood", "wrong part of town" its embarassing chattanooga has so much to offer but, if its going to be taken over by drugs, gangs, guns, and crime what will be left?..... NOTHING I PERSONALLY HATE SAYING I'M SCARED OF GOING DOWN A CERTAIN RD. LATE AT NIGHT OR STOPPING AT THE WRONG STORE. I recently stopped at a gas station near 23th st because i was out of gas and a man there was standing outside it looked as if he was selling drugs but he was sure to walk over to me and tell me it looked like I was in the wrong part of town and told me what rd. I needed to be on that it wasn't safe for me to be there. So instead of hearing about it on the t.v. how are we as a community going to take it back and help people come together?

September 13, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.
ashleykc said...

And just to comment when do people think its time to grow up? I mean when do people decide to act like adults about things put aside all pety differences and kill people with kindness not guns! thats what an adult would do, and an adult wouldn't be fighting unless it was verbally

September 13, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.
SexyBT said...

I like your comment Ashlekc!!!!!!

September 13, 2011 at 11:52 a.m.
mswafford said...

Another life cut short,I dont understand why his mom would be outside fighting????? If hes 19 she must be at least 35-40 ...and why would you call him out to help when it was all girls/women fighting???Im so sorry about this loss of life, my prayers go out to his family / friends...Rest in Peace

September 13, 2011 at 3:13 p.m.
ashleykc said...

Thank you.... I just think it would be great if things were different for that community cause it makes the rest of chattanooga look bad and other than that how many children seen this? As a mother I wonder, I believe no one has the right to decide when its time for someones life to end.

September 13, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
lreece said...

First off let me say I knew aundre , he always had a smile on his face and made everyone around him laugh and have fun . Whatever the circumstances two young black men have lost their lives . White people always say when something happens in the black community that "oh they are just going to blame it on the system" the system has nothing to do with the motive behind this . Yes this black on black crime needs to stop because its giving white people even more reason to cast negative opinions on the community. But when a white person kills a white person noone says a thinh about where they live or their economic status . Anyone can fall victim to a bullet no matter the race . I live in these projects and to those who are quick to judge get a life and worry about yourself because you could face loosing a job and end up in tthe projects yourself. There is good and bad everywhere you go not just in the projecrs. RIP AUNDRE BUSH 9.12.11

September 14, 2011 at 8:50 a.m.
ashleykc said...

As a young white mother I have low income and have also had to live in the projects at one time but they never had shootings in them I think the reason for it I a the level of crime rate in that area the level of drug trafficking an stupid rhings that shouldnt go on so to all the people who live in that area what would make it a safer place?

September 14, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.
atodd said...

Per the comments from tnvolssuckbad and CharlesMartel you guys have to be the most ignorant people there is. I live and work in majority white area. The kids I interact with are middle school kids in a 95% white area they are the worst kids I have ever interact with you want to talk about morals,no education,robbing and selling drugs pay close attention to your own, I have seen drug bust,disrespect to the teachers/staff...profanity and sexual activities,etc. Nothing positive the sad thing is the crimes committed in certain majority white areas and schools are sweep under the carpet the scary thing is the majority of kids in the white area are on some form of medication (mental issues)and this is a fact I see it 5days a week they are walking time bombs now how many blacks have you heard of label as serial killers. The crimes committed in this city has no COLOR all races in this city are committing violent crimes and NO ONE HAS BLAMED ANYTHING ON WM as for charlesmartel comment white men/boys wear white tee shirts too.

September 17, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
neiceann said...

we as blacks need to come together to stop this trend. until we do the violence will only continue. im prayin for you lathe. i love you lil'bro. im also prayin for the other family as well. i didnt know the young man but i know my brother lathe is a good person. and this shouldnt have happened

September 28, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
curiousT said...

Wow neiceann I am glad that you are praying for Lathe but it seems the praying should have started a long time ago then maybe this foolish act would not have happened. Why, I ask did Lathe take his time and calculate the murder of this young man did he know him? Did he want to kill him for some reason or another. Maybe there will never be an answer, but what I do know is that two lives are lost and I sympathize with both families, Now two young men have new titles behind their deceased, and the other MURDERER!!!!!

October 2, 2011 at 8:24 p.m.
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