Police briefs: Two shootings leave 3 wounded

Police briefs: Two shootings leave 3 wounded

September 22nd, 2012 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

Two shootings leave 3 wounded

Chattanooga police responded to two shootings Friday that left three people wounded.

Police responded to the first shooting at 5:30 a.m. at Sandy's Mini Mart, at 2404 Glass St. Two people were wounded.

Police had no information on their condition. The names have not been released.

At 3:30 p.m., police responded to a second shooting after a 20-year-old man was shot and taken to a local hospital. He is listed in stable condition with an injury that is not life-threatening, police said. His name has not been released.

The shooting took place after an argument between two men walking in the 5500 block of Old Mission Road, police said. Shots were fired near the intersection of Pisgah Avenue and Spring Garden Lane, police said.

A suspect fled the area on foot. Patrol officers located two people running from the area and detained them. The investigation is still on going, police said.

Anyone with any information on the shootings can contact Chattanooga police at 698-2525.

Man charged in kidnapping

An Ooltewah man was arrested Thursday after his girlfriend accused him of holding her at gunpoint.

Oscar Lopez, 34, is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a felony.

His girlfriend, Scarlen Santiago, 35, said Lopez came into her home Wednesday with a silver and black gun and started yelling about her cheating on him.

She said Lopez played a long recording on his phone and forced her to listen to it. He told her she couldn't leave until she heard the entire recording, Santiago told police.

After about 40 minutes, Santiago told Lopez she needed to go to the bathroom. He let her go, and she fled through the garage to a neighbor's house, she said.

Lopez admitted to confronting Santiago about cheating, but denied having a gun at the time. He told police he kept a gun in his safe, and police found a silver and black 9 mm gun that matched Santiago's description in the safe.

Lopez's bond was set at $16,000. He will appear in Hamilton County General Session Court on Oct. 1.

Woman dies in traffic crash

Police have identified the victim of a single-vehicle crash at 4400 Bonny Oaks Drive on Friday morning.

Lula E. Baltimore, 42, died after her vehicle drove off the side of the road and into a ditch, police said.

The crash happened at 11:45 a.m. Baltimore was alone in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.