The man who was shot on East 16th Street in Chattanooga today has been identified as Jose Mendez, 35.
Mendez told Chattanooga police he was working on a vehicle in his yard when three young black men approached, according to spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. He said they first asked to borrow a gas can, then shot him in the shoulder and went through his pockets, stealing his money.
The three got into a blue pickup truck and drove away.
Mendez was treated at the hospital for a non-life-threatening wound. Weary said the investigation continues.