Chattanooga sees three more shootings this week

Chattanooga sees three more shootings this week

October 10th, 2018 by Rosana Hughes in Local Regional News

Crime scene tape marks the scene where a shooting happened Tuesday night on West 40th Street.

Photo by Rosana Hughes /Times Free Press.

Updated at 12:16 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, with information about the arrest of Maurice Thurman Jr.

An already violent start to October saw four more people — including a child — shot Tuesday in the Chattanooga area, bringing the total number of shootings to 10 since Sept. 28.

A 4-year-old was walking with a woman around 10:42 p.m. when they were injured in a drive-by shooting in the 2100 block of Foust Street. They were treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

A witness told police that someone in a passing vehicle shot the victims and fled the area. Chattanooga police later arrested suspect Maurice Thurman Jr., who has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

About 10 minutes earlier at 10:33 p.m., another person was injured in a drive-by shooting at 100 W. 40th St.

That victim also was taken to a local hospital for an injury that was not life-threatening. He told police he was shot by someone in a passing vehicle.

And few hours before that at 1:38 a.m., a man was injured in a shooting in the 4100 block of Quinn Adams Street.

Police found the victim with a gunshot wound to his foot, and he was taken to the hospital. His injury was not considered life-threatening.

The victims in this week's shootings have not yet been identified by police.

Tuesday's shootings come after two homicides and five nonfatal shootings in Chattanooga and the surrounding area since Sept. 28. Five suspects have been taken into custody, and one of the homicide victims is a suspect in the other.

A shooting on Oct. 3 along Graysville Road left 19-year-old Kevin Granados injured.

Delmon Robertson, 18, is accused of shooting Granados in the leg after demanding money from him during a car ride, court records state.

Two other shootings took place that day, and two more the following day.

On Oct. 3, a man, who has still not been identified, was approached by several people and shot while sitting outdoors in the 700 block of West 48th Street just before 1:30 a.m.

No suspect has been named in that shooting.

Later that night at about 8:40 p.m., Deadrian Jarrett, 29, was shot in the leg during an argument with Deutrich James, 48, at Hamilton Pointe Apartments on East Brainerd Road.

Jarrett's wound was not life-threatening.

James was charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Thursday night, 18-year-old Iziyah Spence was shot in the head along the 2000 block of Portland Street at about 9:21 p.m. Police found him in the 500 block of North Kelly Street.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

No suspect has been identified in that shooting.

The Chattanooga Police Department asks anyone with information about the shootings to call the tip line at 423-643-5100 or submit a tip through the Chattanooga Police Department's mobile app. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Outside the city, a home invasion turned violent after a suspect opened fire at the home in the 8200 block of Standifer Gap Road on Oct. 4.

Morris Fitten, 39, faces several charges, including attempted murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and attempted aggravated kidnapping.

Also, two 18-year-olds who were killed in separate incidents between Sept. 28 and 29.

Teunté Rice died at a local hospital after he was shot in the 2000 block of Windsor Street. Hours later, Areeyon Lane died after being shot at a Speedway gas station at 1330 E. Third St. Police later determined that Lane was the suspect in Rice's death.

Ladarean Lane, 18, and a juvenile were charged in connection to Areeyon Lane's death. Their charges include criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Ladarean Lane and Areeyon Lane are not related.

Rice and Lane's deaths mark the city's 16th and 17th homicides of 2018. This time last year, there had been 30.

Contact staff writer Rosana Hughes at rhughes@timesfreepress.com or 423- 757-6327 with tips or story ideas. Follow her on Twitter @HughesRosana.