Mayor Tim Kelly announced Tuesday that Chattanooga will offer a $20,000 cash reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the Grove Street shooting in September that left two women dead and five others injured.
"Every Chattanoogan should feel safe when walking out their front door, regardless of ZIP code," Kelly said at a news conference. "Our city has not forgotten, and we will not rest until justice is served."
The shootings happened on the evening of Sept. 25 at a community event, leaving 21-year-old Keniqua Hughes and 37-year-old LaBrecia Dews dead. No arrests have been made.
The mayor and police department officials called on witnesses to come forward.
"We need that person to come forward, to be courageous," said interim Police Chief Eric Tucker.
Of the $20,000, half was raised by community members, with the city matching the grassroots fundraising to double the amount.
"We need those who know what happened to come forward," said Kevin Muhammad, local Nation of Islam leader. "We need a hero in our community."
The Crime Stoppers hotline is providing anonymity to anyone who calls in. The Chattanooga Police Department has said it works with the District Attorney's office to provide safety to anyone who might be in fear to come forward.
Altogether, three separate shootings occurred Sept. 25 that resulted in the deaths of three people and left six injured.
On Dec. 8, police arrested 30-year-old Kendel Robinson in connection with the shooting of 21-year-old Jailen Donyelle Moore Wofford. Wofford was shot at the parking lot of the Citgo gas station at 3410 Campbell Street in Chattanooga around 10:30 a.m. Hamilton County emergency services took Wofford to an area hospital, where he died. Later that same day, a 45-year-old man was left injured after a shootout that took place in the 5300 block of Old Mission Road.
Anyone who knows anything about this or any other crime can leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers hotline at 423-698-3333.
Contact La Shawn Pagán at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-757-6476. Follow her on Twitter @LaShawnPagan.
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