3 days, 5 shot, 2 dead in Chattanooga

3 days, 5 shot, 2 dead in Chattanooga

September 25th, 2012 by Beth Burger in News

A memorial of stuffed animals, flowers, a candle and a photo rests where the late Quincy Bell's body was found Saturday after he was shot on Shallowford Road.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

what happened

Wednesday: Barry Bowman, 22, was shot in the head in the 6300 block of Walden Ave. He died Monday.

Friday: Two people shot and wounded with non-life threatening injuries in the 2300 block of Crutchfield Ave. Later, Antonio Jackson, 20, was shot in the 5500 block of Old Mission Road.

Saturday: Quincy Bell, 20, was shot and killed in the 3800 block of Shallowford Road.

Source: Chattanooga police

After two men died from gang-related shootings last week -- one in retaliation for the other -- Chattanooga police launched a saturation sweep in high-crime neighborhoods.

The result was 34 arrests, including 10 felonies, and the arrest of 11 gang members, police said.

Along with the two fatal shootings, three others were wounded by gunfire last week.

The shootings come a little more than a week after a citywide gang assessment was released. The 173-page study issued 19 recommendations for the community, including suggestions for police, schools, city recreation centers and social service agencies.

With extra officers pulling shifts over the weekend, it was peaceful by Sunday, police said.

"Sunday was a ghost town," Police Chief Bobby Dodd said.

On Wednesday, Barry Bowman was shot in the head and taken to Parkridge Hospital in a personal vehicle. Bowman, 22, was shot at 6317 Walden Ave. after the driver of an SUV argued with other gang members. Shots rang out, hitting him as he sat in the passenger seat. He died Monday. No arrest has been made in his case.

On Friday at 1:30 a.m., police responded to a shooting in the 2300 block of Crutchfield Street in which two people were wounded with nonlife-threatening injuries. No arrest has been made.

Later that day, 20-year-old Antonio Jackson was shot while on the 5500 block of Old Mission Road. A 15-year-old was charged in his shooting.

On Saturday morning, 20-year-old Quincy Bell was shot and killed while driving in the 3800 block of Shallowford Road. He managed to drive about a quarter of a mile to a gas station, where he died inside a Toyota Camry. Police say he was a documented member of the Bloods gang. No arrest has been made.

On Monday, a small memorial began to grow adorned with red fake flowers and stuffed animals at the light pole where the vehicle came to rest.

"I think it's only going to get larger," said Jonathan Weaver, 27, of Chattanooga, who stopped by to visit the spot where Bell died. "If you're from that part of town, you know Quincy and Clevon [his brother]."

Weaver is saddened by Bell's death as well as the recent rash of shootings and gang crimes.

"I think it's unnecessary and ridiculous. It's senseless," he said. "There's just no place for it."

Despite the recent wave of violence, Chattanooga has three fewer shootings compared to the same time last year. To date, there have been 61 shootings resulting in injury or death investigated by Chattanooga police, records show.

There have been two less homicides compared to the same time period in 2011. To date, police have investigated 18 homicides.

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

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6406. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/abburger.