Police still looking for homicide suspect in Southside Social drive-by shooting

Police still looking for homicide suspect in Southside Social drive-by shooting

February 19th, 2018 by Emmett Gienapp in Breaking News

Cachet Peterson

Cachet Peterson

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Police are still on the lookout for the suspect involved in an apparent drive-by shooting that left one woman fatally injured on Chestnut Street near Southside Social early Sunday morning.

Cachet Peterson, 21, and Tiana Linares, 24, were in a vehicle traveling north on Chestnut Street outside of Southside Social when they were shot by a suspect in a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, according to Chattanooga police. Both women were taken to a local hospital where Peterson died a short time later.

"[Chattanooga Police] Major Crimes Investigators are working around the clock on this case. The investigators are reviewing evidence, speaking to witnesses and other community members, and gathering intelligence from other CPD Officers working in the area around the time of the shooting," wrote, Elisa Myzal, Chattanooga Police spokeswoman, in an emailed statement.

"We encourage anyone who saw or heard something that may be helpful to please call the Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100. Even the smallest bit of information, which may seem insignificant, might help with the investigation. Callers can remain anonymous and all tips go directly to investigators."

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke also took to Twitter Monday afternoon to address the shooting, expressing his sympathies for Peterson's family and saying her death underscored the need to focus on stopping gun violence in Chattanooga.

"Looking forward, I believe that a coordinated, well-funded, and proactive strategy will be essential to preventing future tragic incidents like this one. We of course treat these incidents extremely seriously," he tweeted.

"I will continue to work with the Chattanooga City Council, state lawmakers, local law enforcement agencies, and all of our community partners to implement the policies and policing techniques that reduce fatalities and ensure the safety and peace of mind of all Chattanoogans."