Two people were injured and some nearby bank windows were shot out by stray bullets in a drive-by shooting in East Ridge early Sunday morning.
East Ridge Police responded to a report of shots fired near the intersection of Ringgold Road and Moore Road at 2:47 a.m. A manager from Walgreens Pharmacy at 5301 Ringgold Road had overheard gunshots and observed a maroon Chevy Suburban traveling eastbound on Ringgold Road at a high rate of speed.
Police encountered the Chevrolet Suburban in the parking lot of the Waffle House in the 6500 block of Ringgold Road a short time later and made contact with two apparent victims of gunshots inside the vehicle.
The driver of the Suburban was identified as Keone Scaife. The front-seat passenger was identified as Cardarius Ringer. EMS and East Ridge Fire Rescue responded to aid the victims, and their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. Both victims were transported to Erlanger Hospital for treatment.
Police said evidence of multiple gunshots was observed on both sides of the Suburban.
Both victims said they had been traveling eastbound along Ringgold Road at the intersection near Moore Road prior to the gunfire. The victims both said that a late-model, light gray or silver-colored Chevy Impala or Malibu pulled alongside of them and someone inside started shooting. The victims were unsure how many people were inside the vehicle and could not provide any identification or description of them other than that there were at least two black males. The suspect vehicle then fled the area.
An East Ridge criminal investigator responded to the scene of the encounter of the victims at 6513 Ringgold Road and subsequently the incident location at 4334 Ringgold Road.
It was also discovered that two pane glass windows of the Regions Bank were damaged by multiple stray firearm projectiles.
The incident is still under investigation.
Anyone with knowledge of the incident is urged to contact East Ridge Police at one of the following phone numbers.
Dispatch: 423 622-1725
Confidential Tip Line: 423 867-0016