Chattanooga homicides by year
2015 to date: 27
Source: Chattanooga Police Department, Times Free Press archives
The incessant ringing of the doorbell woke Matt Mcallister just before 4 a.m. Friday.
A neighbor pounded on the door. Call 911, she pleaded. Someone's been shot.
And then she ran away.
Mcallister, a former firefighter, followed her up the street to a white house at 412 Frazier Drive where he found 21-year-old Peyton Hogan flat on his back, pressed close against the back tire of a pickup truck, feet pointed toward the driver's side door, shot in the chest.
"The guy was alive when I got there," Mcallister said. "He was quiet."
Stay with me, Mcallister told Hogan. Police arrived a minute later, maybe less, pouring in from both sides of the street. Mcallister heard them ask Hogan if he knew who shot him.
But he couldn't hear the man's response.
Hogan died shortly after at a local hospital. His death is the 27th homicide in Chattanooga so far this year — tying the number of homicides in all of 2014. This year's homicide count includes the six men who died during the unprecedented July 16 attack.
As of Nov. 4, there had been 112 shootings in Chattanooga this year, compared to 105 in 2014 and 109 by November 2013.
Mcallister said the woman who knocked on his door lives at the home where the shooting happened, but could not identify her by name. She ran for help, pounding on doors, because her cellphone was broken and she didn't have a land-line phone, he said.
She told Mcallister she heard the gunshot outside and that two people fled the scene on foot. Police said Friday they believe Hogan knew someone who lived in the house, but they did not give details about the relationship.
Late Friday night, police said they had issued warrants for two suspects in the case — 19-year-old Quincy Goodine and 18-year-old Shaina Hughes. They are both wanted on charges of felony murder and especially aggravated murder and are currently being held in Georgia on unrelated charges.
Officers have been called to 412 Frazier Drive 12 times since December 2014, records show, for everything from burglary alarms to an assault to a call of a disorder with a weapon.
Neighbors said that while the police have visited that home before, the neighborhood doesn't see much violence.
"I've lived here for 27 years," said neighbor Sherilyn Johnson. "It's a quiet neighborhood. It's quiet. Something just happened up there."
On Facebook, Hogan posted photos of himself driving the truck, a dark-colored Dodge pickup, with the American and Confederate flags flying in the bed.
About five hours after the shooting, police investigators were still combing through that truck outside the home where Hogan was shot. The Confederate flag was gone; only the American flag still flew.
A pair of empty brown boots sat beside the driver's side door.
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