published Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Shooting victims ID'd by Chattanooga police

A Sunday night shooting on Rossville Boulevard marked the seventh of the year for the city and the second on the street in about a week.

Chattanooga police identified the three people wounded in the 3700 block of Rossville Boulevard as Christopher Penn, 21; Dayontae Menifee, 24; and Amy West, 19.

All were shot when a gunman opened fire and fled in a white Ford Crown Victoria. It's possible the shooting involved more suspects, police said.

Witnesses said about 10 to 15 shots were fired. All three victims suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, Master Patrol Officer Nathan Hartwig said.

Penn and Menifee have previous arrests for robbery. Menifee also has a prior drug arrest.

About a week ago, another man was shot and wounded on Rossville Boulevard, in the 4500 block. Stephen Underwood, 29, told police he was shot over a drug-related argument. He suffered minor injuries. The suspect was last seen fleeing in a light blue Ford F-150.

At this time last year, there had been 10 shootings citywide.

Rossville Boulevard was the scene of one shooting last year. On Jan. 22, 2012, David Patton, who was 29 at the time, was shot in the arm. His girlfriend, Kurria Rogers, 36, was arrested in connection with the shooting at 2727 Rossville Blvd. He was treated at Erlanger. Her next court date is set for March 7 before Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole.

Anyone with any information about Sunday's shootings is asked to call Chattanooga police at 423-698-2525.

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