Woman identified in fatal drive-by shooting on Highland Avenue

Chattanooga police are on the scene of a fatal shooting tonight on Highland Avenue.
photo Chattanooga police are on the scene of a fatal shooting tonight on Highland Avenue.

Chattanooga police say a 37-year-old woman was killed Tuesday in a drive-by shooting.

The call came in to police just after 6 p.m.

Little information was available late Tuesday, but police said the victim, Monica McMillon, was found dead inside a home at 3800 block of Highland Avenue.

Police are trying to obtain and decipher what information about the suspects is correct before releasing that information. Right now, police have "limited suspect information," said David Roddy, Chattanooga police chief of staff.

"It was a residence," he said of the homicide. "It was a place lived, and lived everyday. And, unfortunately, somebody shot into that residence [Tuesday] and killed someone."

Police said there were juveniles in the house, but the woman was the only one struck by gunfire.

"We're confident and hopeful in the fact that other members of this community who know what they heard [Tuesday night] will call in and give us information," Roddy said. "Give us more leads. Give us more things to follow up on as our investigators work to confirm information we've already received and eliminate the stuff we don't need to work on."

According to witnesses, a white vehicle occupied by two black males pulled up next to the house and started shooting. Several shots were fired. One witness heard 13 shots.

"It wasn't meant for her," another man told the Times Free Press.

This homicide is the 28th this year in Chattanooga, surpassing the total number of homicides in 2014. A complete listing of the Chattanooga homicides is available at The Toll, a homicide database by the Times Free Press.

Contact staff writer Evan Hoopfer at ehoopfer@timesfreepress.com, @EvanHoopfer on Twitter or 423-757-6731.