Police release photo of 17-year-old suspect in fatal overnight shooting

Police release photo of 17-year-old suspect in fatal overnight shooting

January 7th, 2015 by Shelly Bradbury in Local Regional News

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Cassandra Robinson becomes emotional while speaking about her neighbor, 20-year-old Talitha Bowman, who died in a shooting at 773 West Main Street around 1 a.m.

Cassandra Robinson becomes emotional while speaking about her...

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Cortez Sims

Cortez Sims

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Chattanooga police continue to search for 17-year-old Cortez Sims in connection with a deadly shooting this morning at College Hill Courts and have released a photo of the teenager.

A 1-year-old baby girl is in critical condition after she was shot once and 20-year-old Talitha Bowman died in the shooting at 773 West Main Street around 1 a.m.

Two other people were injured: Marcell Christopher, 18, is in critical condition and the toddler's mother, Bianca Horton, 24, suffered a non-life-threatening wound.

Neighbors say they heard several shots and that the shooter may have knocked on the door and then started firing after someone inside the apartment opened the door. Police said the shooter entered the home and fired inside, rather than standing at the door and firing. 

"My heart is broken right now," said neighbor Cassandra Robinson. "This little girl just had her first birthday in September. She's just starting to find out all the things she can do. But now she's laying up there [in the hospital] clinging for her life."

Police have taken out warrants on Sims, who was identified by Christopher and Horton as the shooter. Police say he is a gang member known as "AWAX." The Times Free Press does not usually release the names of minors accused of crimes, but police got special permission to release Sims' name, given the nature of the crime. 

Police have taken out warrants on Sims for first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Police Chief Fred Fletcher said investigators have solid leads as to Sims whereabouts. 

The shooting in College Hill Courts was one of three that happened overnight. Hours earlier, 19-year-old Brian Posley Jr. was injured in a shooting at 2214 East 26th Street. His injury was not life-threatening.

And two hours after the College Hill Courts shooting, police found another man shot at 5227 Hickory Woods Lane around 3:10 a.m., police said.

The victim who died at College Hill Courts is the third homicide victim in Chattanooga this year. On New Year's Day, two men were killed in separate shootings

This is a developing story. Stay with the Times Free Press for more details. 

A shooting this morning killed one and left three in the hospital.

Photo by Harrison Keely /Times Free Press.