Gibbs Faces Attempted Murder Charge For Shooting Best Friend In The Foot

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Eric Gibbs
Eric Gibbs

A Chattanooga man was charged with attempted first-degree murder after police said he shot one of his friends at Battery Heights Apartments on Oct. 18.

Police responded to an emergency call and found Nelson Bledsoe with a gunshot wound in his right foot. They said that the victim told them he was shot by his friend, Eric Lebron "E.G." Gibbs. He told police that Gibbs had pointed the gun directly at him, but he deflected it as Gibbs fired and was only hit in the foot.

When the victim spoke to Investigator Lucas Fuller, he described 41-year-old Gibbs in his statement as his "best friend." He said that Gibbs shot him because of an altercation they had earlier in the evening at the Buffalo Shack. He also said that his girlfriend and daughter had witnessed the incident; they later identified Gibbs in a photo.

Gibbs has had prior convictions for violent felonies, and police said that he is a validated member of what they called the "Black Gangster Disciple Street Gang." He was on probation at the time of the incident.

Approximately a month later, police arrested Gibbs on Walnut Street on warrants for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Bail has been set at $100,000.


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