Leslie Townsend, 25, Shot And Killed While Sitting In Car In Front Of Residence On E. 14th Street; Menifee Charged

Townsend Was Charged Earlier In Another Shooting; His Uncle Was Murder Victim

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Leslie Townsend
Leslie Townsend

A man was shot and killed while sitting in a parked car on E. 14th Street late Monday night. He has been identified as Leslie Townsend.

Investigators with the Chattanooga Police Department’s Homicide Unit on Tuesday afternoon took 34-year-old Shermaine Menifee into custody for theTownsend murder. He has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

It was Townsend who in March of last year was charged with shooting 25-year-old Leon McKinney in the hand while he sat in a car on Tunnel Boulevard.

Police said Townsend and McKinney had a long-running feud..

Townsend's uncle, Robert Moore, was shot and killed at 2302 E. 14th St. while he was sitting on the front porch of the residence a short time before Townsend was charged with shooting McKinney. Kadeem Pratt is awaiting trial in that case.

At 11:19 p.m. Monday, Chattanooga Police responded to a shooting at 2302 E 14th St. They found  Townsend, 25, suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

It was reported that the victim was in a car parked in front of the residence when the suspect shot him. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423 698-2525.


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