published Friday, November 25th, 2011

Chattanooga man shot in reported drive-by

A 42-year-old man was shot in the ankle and foot as he was running toward his house to take cover after occupants in a car opened fire this morning, according to Chattanooga Police Department.

Police responded to the shooting after Gus McKinney showed up at a local emergency room with injuries. He told investigators he was walking a friend home at about 3 a.m. near 909 W. 39th St. when the vehicle pulled up and people inside opened fire.

While McKinney was the victim in this case, he has a violent history. Local records show assault charges dating back to the early 1990s. He pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge in 1993 and was sentenced to four years, according to local court records.

Earlier this year, he faced charges of reckless endangerment, vandalism and domestic assault. All the charges with the exception of reckless endangerment were dropped. He received a suspended sentence of three years, according to records.

The shooting remains under investigation.

There have been two shootings within the last 24 hours, bringing the city’s total shooting incidents resulting in injury or death to 83, according to newspaper records.

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Echo said...

The sentence for 1st degree murder is four years? No wonder there is a crime problem here. Maybe His Majesty can give us a block grant so our drive by, gang bangin, bling bling, rollin on 22s at 3am types can upgrade to night vision optics and succeed where our DAs and judges have failed.

November 25, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.
Momus said...

"Maybe His Majesty can give us a block grants..."

Really!?

I would really like to hear the factual bases for this argument.

November 25, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.
fiberopguy said...

I hope some of you have facebook and see the post on there under the timesfreepress page about the shooting. There is always some damn black racist ass hole making assumptions. Someone said they about the shooter and automatically assumed meant as Black people. Lets set some facts out here on the line. go to hamilton county's mug shots and add all the whites , mexicans, and blacks and tell me who is in jail more than others??? More crime happens in the projects due to what lives there and chooses to live there and its not white people either. If they want to make it a race war I think they should reconsider.

November 25, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
mbonello said...

What does this man's past have to do with this incident???

November 25, 2011 at 3:25 p.m.
PinkSalmon said...

mbonello said... What does this man's past have to do with this incident???

Not in every case, but in this case his past may have everything to do with his getting shot. I also read on another news outlet that police couldn't find a crime scene. Which indicates Mckinney likely lied about where he was actually shot.

November 25, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.
smadave said...

what happen to the days when the judge would make you join the Army? I say give them a choice 4 years in the Army or life in prison. Its a win win for everyone...

November 25, 2011 at 8:44 p.m.
Echo said...

One more time...

The sentence for 1st degree murder is four years?

First degree murder requires premeditation. That's a cold-blooded killer. An obviously remorseless psychopath walking around our streets because some bureaucrat couldn't keep him locked up.

How many people out there don't know a couple of jerks they'd gladly blow away for a four year stint of 3 hots and a cot, about the time needed to prepare for the bar exam?

Who's "footing" the medical bill, or does his gang have a BC/BS health plan?

Didn't your momma tell you "nuthin good happens after midnight"?

November 26, 2011 at 1:28 a.m.
cannonball said...

Sounds to me like he shot himself.

November 26, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
gmomma said...

WOW!! 4 years! For a life!! Let him out to kill again. He is on probation and already involved in another violent crime (only this time he's on the recieving end). hmmmm might be something to the old saying...live by the sword, die by the sword.

November 26, 2011 at 9:17 p.m.
BravesDave said...

And one of them will write a "song" about it before the sun goes down.

November 27, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.
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