Victims Of Lookout Valley Massacre Shot Multiple Times By 2 Gunmen; Lone 16-Year-Old Survivor Heard One Say, "Make Sure They're All Dead"; Victims Identified

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Derek Morse
Derek Morse

Three victims of a massacre in Lookout Valley on Wednesday night were each shot multiple times by two gunmen, authorities said.

The lone 16-year-old survivor said he heard one of the shooters say to the other, "Make sure they are all dead."

The victims were identified as John F. Lang, 53; Caleb N. Boozer, 29, and Jon E. Morris, 24.

One victim was found sitting in a chair and another appeared to be trying to crawl under the rear of a motor home. The third dead man was in nearby woods. One of the shots to the man in the chair was to the left side of the head.

The 16-year-old said he was hit by one shot and he fled to his nearby home. Officers found him lying at his doorstep.

He later was able to pick 19-year-old Derek M. Morse out of a lineup as one of the shooters.

Morse, of 3443 McNabb Way, has been charged in the case. A warrant was obtained and around 4:30 a.m. he was located and arrested at a residence off  Elder Mountain Road. 

He was charged with attempted criminal homicide.  Additional warrants will be filed on Morse charging him with three counts of criminal homicide as a result of the shooting incident, it was stated.

Sheriff Jim Hammond, at an afternoon press conference, said, "We have some pretty significant leads" on additional suspects.

He indicated that a black Hyundai that was believed to have been driven from the scene had been located by officers.

He said it was "not a random" shooting and that the parties involved apparently knew one another.

The sheriff's office got the shooting call at 7:10 p.m.

Numerous cartridge cases were found in the street in front of a motor home at 4504 Kellys Ferry Road.

A number of shots were fired as some people were sitting around outside near a group of campers and RVs.

The location is a short road up a steep hill.

Kelly's Ferry Road veers off Cummings Highway past the Highway Patrol Station.

 

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AR-RAHMAAN, CHRISTIANA ALISA 632 MAPLE STREET COURT APT 226 CHATTANOOGA, 37402 23 Hamilton County VIOLATION OF PROBATION (POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA) BINFORD, JUSTIN TAYLOR 6712 DIXIELAND DR HIXSON, 37343 26 Red Bank POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA BINGHAM, TIFFANY TENNILLE 211 HILLCREST ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Railroad Series: Sweetwater Recreating Its Old Train Station

The hostess at Hunter's Bakery and Cafe in an old bank by the tracks in downtown Sweetwater said the town no longer has its railroad station. "I think they are sorry now they tore it down," she said. But Mayor Doyle Lowe decided to do something about it after he took office as mayor. A $335,000 state grant was secured to build a replica of the original depot. It will serve as ... (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Big (Un)Easy: Mardi Gras

Not since Hurricane Katrina has New Orleans had a bigger problem. When over a million visitors flood the city for the annual Mardi Gras bash over the next three weeks, there will be signs all around town and into the French Quarter that blare, “CAUTION: Walk In Large Groups. We (heart symbol) love NOPD. We Just Need More Of Them.” In other words, it appears things are quite unsettled ... (click for more)

No. 25 UTC Women Defeat Samford, 49-32

“I think it’s great for grade school kids all over the country because they will learn how to spell Chattanooga because it will be in their local paper. That’s the best thing about it. There are Chattanooga graduates all over the place and they can pick up and go to the agate page and see if Sportscenter knows how to spell.” -- UTC women’s basketball coach Jim Foster ... (click for more)

Baylor Wrestlers Set to Defend State Duals Title

Ranked No.1 in this week's wrestling poll and boasting a 22-1 season dual match record, Baylor is the favorite to win the TSSAA D-II state duals this weekend at the Williamson County Ag Expo in Franklin. Friday Jan. 30 - Baylor opens with tourney against Brentwood Academy at 3:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals and a win puts them in Friday night semis (8:30 p.m. EST) ... (click for more)