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Suspects in two separate shootings from earlier this month were booked into the Hamilton County Jail this week on charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Kendale Fuqua, 22, was arrested in connection to an incident on Aug. 8 in which a man was robbed at gunpoint on the 2700 block of Glenwood Parkway.

The victim told police he had just left his mother's house and had stopped at a stop sign near North Chamberlain Avenue when a man approached his car and asked for a ride. He allowed the man to get in the car and they drove to Glenwood Parkway, according to court documents.

The passenger then pulled out a gun and demanded the driver hand over his property, including a cellphone and some change, telling the man he would shoot if he tried to drive away.

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The passenger also demanded the lock code to the phone and, as he was trying to unlock it, the driver pulled away and the gunman fired at him, striking the hood of the car in front of the victim.

The victim told police the passenger said his name was "Tune" when he got into the car, and police determined Fuqua was a possible suspect. The victim later identified Fuqua in a photo lineup as the suspect.

Fuqua previously has been charged in Hamilton County with possessing a firearm with the intent to go armed and possession of a firearm while under the influence. He now is charged with aggravated robbery and attempted first- degree murder.

Also booked on Wednesday was Jonathan Smith, 35, who allegedly shot a man during a fight on Aug. 16, according to court documents.

Police responded to the 4300 block of Oakland Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. and found Terry Thomas, 20, one street away on the 4300 block of Ohls Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound to the left forearm and the right thigh.

Thomas told investigators that he and Smith were in an argument that quickly turned physical but was broken up by Thomas' cousin.

Thomas said Smith then stated he was going to get his shoes and walked into an adjacent room, but grabbed a handgun from a drawer and fired at Thomas, shooting through his arm and thigh. The victim fled as Smith fired another round into the air, police were told.

Smith previously has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. In this incident he has been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful carrying or possessing a weapon and reckless endangerment in addition to attempted first-degree murder.

Chattanooga police Chief David Roddy praised the cooperation between law enforcement and the public that led to both Wednesday arrests.

"Relationships are key to making Chattanooga a safer place for our community members," Roddy said. "It's because of the strong working relationships [the Chattanooga Police Department] has with local, state and federal law enforcement partners that these two violent offenders are no longer free to inflict harm onto others."

Contact staff writer Emmett Gienapp at egienapp@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6731. Follow him on Twitter @emmettgienapp.

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