published Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

'Black Magic' accused of shooting man 12 times at Brainerd gas station

Crime scene tapes marks the site Friday of an early morning shooting at the Delta Express gas station at 3410 Brainerd Road in Chattanooga.
Crime scene tapes marks the site Friday of an early morning shooting at the Delta Express gas station at 3410 Brainerd Road in Chattanooga.
Photo by Tracey Trumbull /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A 22-year-old man nicknamed "Black Magic" is accused of pumping as many as 12 bullets into a man at a Brainerd Road gas station.

Chattanooga police arrested Stephen Lebron Hill, of Chattanooga, on charges of criminal homicide, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlicensed carrying of a weapon, according to an affidavit of complaint.

Bond is set at $675,000.

On Friday, Gregory Watkins, 29, was gunned down while sitting in a Toyota Corolla at the gas pumps at Delta Express, 3410 Brainerd Road. The gunman fired through the car window. A medical examiner's report shows that Watkins was shot as many as 12 times, mostly on his left side.

Watkins is the ninth homicide victim of the year for the city.

A woman who was with Watkins, Lashonda Gonzalez, was treated and released from a local hospital.

An informant identified the suspect with long dreads as a man known as "Black Magic," according to the affidavit. When Gonzalez was presented with a photo pack, she identified Hill as the gunman.

Hill, who has a drug conviction, has a court date June 12 before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christine Mahn Sell.

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