published Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Chattanooga: Man with bullet wound shows up at hospital

A 70-year-old man showed up at Parkridge Medical Center around 6:30 PM today suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach, according to Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

He told police that he’d been shot at 2000 Bennett Ave.

When questioned about the shooting and the suspects, he told police that he’d just left work at the Tennessee Aquarium and saw that traffic on the interstate was backed up so he decided to take a bypass through the city.

Somewhere along Bennett Avenue he came upon two parties who flagged him down, Weary said. They opened his car door and when he attempted to pull off, one of them shot him in the stomach, she said. He was able to get away and drive himself to Parkridge but was transferred to Erlanger hospital for treatment.

He is being treated for a nonlife-threatening injury to the abdomen, Weary said.

Police don’t have any suspect information and details of the incident are still being obtained, Weary said.

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June 23, 2011 at 11:44 p.m.
smadave said...

This is really getting to be unsettling, its one thing when drug dealers and gangsters are killing each other, who really cares. But when seemingly innocent people are being shot driving home from work, thats unacceptable. The Mayor needs to step up and commit more police officers to these troubled areas. I am fairly new to the area but I already know which streets/areas to avoid and I dont travel around the city late at night. If this continues, it will reflect poorly on the city and everythig from tourism to attracting new business will be affected. It is the Mayor's responsibilty to curtail the problem by increasing a police presense. I wonder if the man who was shot was a CCW holder. Had he been, we would have one less problem to worry about. I wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.

June 24, 2011 at 7:46 a.m.
vols4life said...

When I first heard this story, I was shocked that a couple of guys randomly stopped an older gentleman and shot him. However, after letting it settle for a while.....it's starting to smell alittle fishy....I'm not trying to start a conspiracy theory, but, what was he doing on Bennet Ave. trying to avoid traffic on the interstate? Holtzclaw, Dodds, McCallie, etc. are the main thoroughfares.......I'm just sayin.....

June 24, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.

smadave, welcome to the tiny/one way world of littlefield. You're really quite savvy to realize so quickly that he is inept. Our city has blossomed (no thanks to him) and his priorities are totally misplaced. Whenever I meet a newcomer, I welcome her/him and then apologize for the city politicians...hence, please consider this post as a sincere WELCOME to a really nice city with really friendly caring folks. I believe he comes up for re-election next year...please register to vote so you can express your constitutional right. Most of us don't want the good old boy mentality to proliferate any longer. Enjoy!

June 24, 2011 at 12:58 p.m.
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