Four shot, one dead on Sunday in Chattanooga

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Marquise Jackson posted a photo of a coffin to his Facebook page on June 14 ago with the caption, "Don't wait til I'm here to act like you loved me."

Less than two months later, he is dead.

Jackson, 24, became the city's 22nd homicide victim of 2016 early Sunday when he was shot and killed in Alton Park at the beginning of a busy morning for Chattanooga police.

Officers were called to a reported shooting in the 2600 block of Water Street in the Villages at Alton Park neighborhood at 1:29 a.m. They found Jackson had been shot several times and tried to perform CPR on him.

He could not be saved.

Several hours later, police were investigating a triple shooting on Dodson Avenue that wounded three people and working to determine if the two incidents could be related.

"There's a possibility that it could be retaliation, but we're still following all leads to try and determine that information," CPD officer Victor Miller said late Sunday morning as he stood at the intersection of Dodson Avenue and Fairleigh Street, briefing media on the morning's events.

Neighborhood residents lingered outside their homes, looking on as officers wrapped up a preliminary investigation at the scene and searched for clues about a shooting that left three people, including a juvenile, with gunshot wounds.

Police were called to the 2600 block of Dodson Avenue at 9:57 a.m. The three shooting victims had been taken to the hospital in a personal vehicle, but officers noticed a vehicle believed to be related to the shooting in the area of the crime scene.

When officers approached, the driver drove away. Officers pursued and took a suspect into custody on Highway 58. Miller said it may have prevented another shooting. The person's name was not released Sunday.

Officers were also looking for a tan or gray Chevrolet Impala that may have fled from the scene with four black males inside, Miller said.

The names of the Dodson Avenue shooting victims were not released Sunday, but word of Jackson's death in the Alton Park homicide spread quickly through social media, as many offered their condolences on his Facebook page.

Jackson wrote on his own Facebook page that he worked at Amazon and studied at the Howard School and Chattanooga State.

Contact staff writer David Cobb at or 423-757-6249.