published Monday, March 18th, 2013

Police News: 3 shootings reported in Chattanooga

3 shootings reported in Chattanooga

Chattanooga police are investigating three shootings that happened late Saturday and early Sunday.

Police were called at 11:26 p.m. Saturday after Charquel Applings, 20, was shot by someone in a moving car as he walked in the 800 block of Roanoke Avenue, police spokesman Nathan Hartwig said in a news release. Hartwig said Applings was targeted. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

The drive-by was the second on Roanoke recently. Sierra Holland, 24, was driving on the avenue March 10 when someone in another car fired several shots. She was hit in the shoulder and a car between hers and the shooter's was hit, police said.

Just moments after the Applings shooting, police were called at 11:39 p.m. to another attack at 5615 Old Mission Road.

Detectives were told that Derrick Smith, 21, was in an altercation at the home when he was shot several times. He was listed in critical condition at a hospital, Hartwig said.

Then, at 1:03 a.m., police were called to a shooting the Kanku's store at 2115 Dodds Ave.

Taurean Patillo, 21, told police he was sitting in his car in the parking lot when he was shot in the upper back. The shooter drove off, he told police.

Hartwig said Patillo also was targeted. He was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle and his injuries are not life-threatening, Hartwig said.

Anyone with information on any of these crimes is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525.

I-75 crash victim is identified

The motorcycle rider who was killed when a car hit his bike Saturday on Interstate 75 has been identified as Edward Crockett Bankston, 59, of Chattanooga.

In a news release, police said Bankston was traveling south in the inside lane near the nine-mile marker when a Toyota driven by Dale Ferrell, 21, of Steen, Miss., struck the bike from the rear. Bankston lost control, crashed and died at the scene.

The news release said charges may be filed pending the outcome of the investigation.

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