Chattanooga shootings, homicides up in 2021 so far compared to 2020
One person has died and five others, including a 14-year-old boy, were injured during four violent days in Chattanooga, adding to a year that promises to be more violent than the previous one.
So far this year in the city, 24 people have been shot dead and three of them have died. At the same time last year, there were 15 bullets, two of which died.
Chattanooga Police say the number of people shot in the first months of 2020 is difficult to compare to this year. It is because the Sharp increase in gun violence is a trend that has continued in Chattanooga since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold last March. It’s a side effect of the pandemic which is played in cities across the country.
With the violence of this weekend, “there is nothing specific that would have” predicted ” [it]Police spokesman Sgt Jeremy Eames said via email. Beautiful weekends mean more people go out and more opportunities for violence. Each incident this weekend is considered random, and [they] are in no way linked.
“Anytime violence occurs in one of our neighborhoods or against one of our citizens, it worries us all,” Eames added. “The violence over the weekend directly affected six people. But those six are part of six families, families that probably don’t feel so safe now. These families are all part of a community, communities that are all part of this city. does – and should – affect us all. “
The latest wave of gun violence began Thursday when a 14-year-old boy was shot dead in the 3200 block of Through Street just before 6:30 p.m., according to a press release from Chattanooga Police. The boy was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators determined the boy was “engaged in trouble” with an unidentified suspect when he was shot, the press release said. No other details were disclosed by police.
The next day, Frank Usher, 29, was shot and killed in the 700 block of East 48th Street.
Police were called to the scene around 5 p.m. and found Usher lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his neck, Hamilton County Court records show. He was rushed to hospital where he later died.
The investigators used the “Real-time intelligence center“, with its network of security cameras in areas with the highest rates of violent crime, and cameras from the Chattanooga Housing Authority to identify a suspect: Marvin Fallins, 51.
According to court records, cameras captured Fallins entering a residence on Block 700 of East 48th Street, followed by Usher.
Then at around 4:55 p.m. Usher was seen walking out the front door while holding his neck. He then ran around the front of the building before circling around the side and then back, where he collapsed to the ground.
Fallins was then seen exiting the apartment building’s front door with another man, linked to Usher, police noted in the criminal affidavit. A gun was seen in Fallins’ hand.
The two men walked around the building to where Usher had collapsed and stood next to him. Usher’s family member was later seen grabbing Fallins’ weapon. Fallins left the area on foot and was seen entering a residence about a block away.
Later that same day, investigators interviewed Fallins, who admitted to shooting Usher, and the victim’s family member corroborated this information.
Fallins was charged with felony manslaughter and unlawful possession of a weapon and taken to Hamilton County Jail, where he was sentenced to $ 260,000 bail.
Usher’s murder was the city’s first homicide since January.
On Saturday night, two other men – an adult and a minor – were injured in a shooting in the 600 block of North Orchard Knob Avenue.
The two teenagers, 17 and 18, told police they were in a field near that location when they heard gunshots and learned they had been shot, according to a press release. .
Both were taken to hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries.
Police gave no further details.
Then, on Sunday, a 69-year-old man was shot dead while in his vehicle in the 4500 block of Rogers Road just before 6 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury. No further details were disclosed.
That evening, another shooting injured a 19-year-old man. The teenager was in the 2100 block of Camden Oaks Drive when he was shot just after 9 p.m. He was taken to hospital in a personal vehicle. His injury is not considered life threatening.
“Random acts of violence are incredibly difficult, if not impossible to ‘plan’,” Eames said. “That being said, areas that have been hit by violence over the weekend will certainly see increased patrols when possible.
“[The Chattanooga Police Department] is committed to locating and arresting anyone who commits acts of violence in our city, ”he added. “However, the citizens we serve are crucial in this process. Community members can often sense when “problems are brewing”. And they certainly often know that there is one or more people who do not necessarily belong. People are very intuitive. If that doesn’t look or looks right, it probably isn’t. “
Chattanooga Police are asking anyone with information about the incidents to call 423-698-2525 or submit a tip through the police department’s mobile app. Tipsters can remain anonymous.