4 Teens Shot In 2 Separate Incidents; 1 In Critical Condition; Victims Identified

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Four teens were shot in Chattanooga overnight as the city's gang warfare continued. One was in critical condition.

At approximately 1:20 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 1703 East 14th St. for a person shot. 

Officers found the initial victim, a 16-year-old black male, suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.  He was transported to a local hospital and is in critical, but stable condition.

Officers later discovered a second victim, Zaccheus Hardnett, 19, suffering from a gunshot wound which grazed his ankle.  He refused medical treatment on the scene.

While interviewing potential witnesses, investigators learned of a third victim. Deraesean Bowman, 18, suffered a gunshot wound which grazed his calf.  He too refused medical treatment.

According to witnesses, the victims were sitting on the porch at 1703 East 14th St.  when an unknown vehicle drove by and a masked passenger started shooting.

In an earlier incident, police said a 19-year-old was shot late Tuesday night, but he said he would not cooperate if an arrest is made.

At approximately 11:33 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 1000 North Orchard Knob for a person shot.

Officers found Joshua Lee Crump, 19, suffering from a gunshot wound to his right forearm.

The victim originally stated to investigators that the incident occurred at a location on Cooley Street, but officers later found shell casings at 1000 North Orchard Knob.

The victim stated he was shot by an unknown suspect who was on foot.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening wound.

The victim also stated to investigators, he was not willing to prosecute and would not appear in court if an arrest were made.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BABBS, JULIAN  6505 BALLARD DR CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 18 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT OF PROPERTY --- BABCOCK, JEREMY RAY  1134 SHADY FORK RD CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 36 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE ... (click for more)

Attorney General Says Bradley County Does Not Have To Share Proceeds From Hotel/Motel Tax With Municipalities

The state attorney general's office has ruled that Bradley County government is not required to share proceeds of the hotel/motel tax with municipalities within the county. The ruling says the law states that 25 percent goes to general government, 25 percent to tourism, 25 percent to industrial recruitment and 25 percent to the agri-business center (or to general government). ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Warmth For Cold Days

I come across all sorts of warm things every day and as we burrow out of sub-freezing temperatures for a day or two, shaking off ice and snow, allow me to share a few things for a change that may take the bite out of the winter wind. This is what helps me. * * * Judy Bellenfant, who has been a soul mate ever since we shared jokes in high school classrooms, sends along this ... (click for more)

District 5-3A Hoops Haunted By The Owls' Absence

ATHENS, Tenn. – District 5-3A basketball coaches gathered here on Wednesday to set up brackets and choose regular season All-District teams. In terms of all-district selections, the coaches did that fairly simple matter of voting and tabulating the numbers in short order. Bradley Central swept the top player honors when Cole Copeland and Rhyne Howard were selected to the ... (click for more)

Red Bank Picked To Win Region 2-A/AA Wrestling

It appears that the Red Bank Lions will be the target for teams involved in the Region 2-A/AA wrestling tournament being held at Hixson Middle School this weekend. The Lions, fresh off Saturday's A-AA State Duals title, are the early favorites for the upcoming tournament after claiming six number-one seeds in the 14 weight classes during the seeding meeting held Wednesday at ... (click for more)