published Saturday, October 29th, 2011, updated Oct. 29th, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.

Chattanooga: Three shot on Fifth Avenue

First responders help a shooting victim roll onto her back Friday night. Three people were shot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 31st Street. Chattanooga police arrested six juveniles and an 18-year-old in connection with the attack.
First responders help a shooting victim roll onto her back Friday night. Three people were shot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 31st Street. Chattanooga police arrested six juveniles and an 18-year-old in connection with the attack.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

Chattanooga police have arrested seven teenagers in connection with a triple shooting Friday night on Fifth Avenue.

The victims have been identified as Darrell Sims, 33; Veronica Suttles, 39; and Vanessa Suttles, 37.

Police said Vanessa Suttles was treated and released after being shot in the wrist. Veronica Suttles and Sims were taken into surgery for more serious injuries are are listed today in stable condition, according to a police news release.

Two boys ages 16 and 17 have been charged with three counts each of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

An 18-year-old, Jerry Springs, was charged with accessory after the fact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Two 14-year-olds, a 16-year-old and 17-year-old also were charged with accessory after the fact.

The police release said the motive for the shooting is unclear but witnesses said it stemmed from an argument between people at 3105Fifth Avenue and another group walking in the area.

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Emersization said...

Social sciences para-professionals state that education is the key to restore and promote civilization. In the majority of all the shootings I believe there is a strong pattern of assailants with very little schooling.

Perhaps a new law should pass to make people stay in school much longer than the current threshold.

October 28, 2011 at 10:45 p.m.
patriot1 said...

Yaawn.....It's about time for more banalities from the likes of Rev. Adams, Joanne Favors, et al. Oops, sorry Joanne Favors is busy with voter ID....this will have to wait.

October 28, 2011 at 11:16 p.m.
cheesy_rider said...

Emersization said..."Perhaps a new law should pass to make people stay in school much longer than the current threshold".

I don't think that school is the answer, the world just seems to be getting overpopulated and 1% will always be thugs. Besides with the sharp rise in tuition costs lately I'd have to turn tricks down town just to be able to go to school to become more civilized.

October 28, 2011 at 11:41 p.m.
ladylovecol said...

Pastor Adams(not Rev. because we only reverence God)and Rep. Favors are in the trenches working to do what alot of others just sit back and critize others for not doing (damned if you do and damned if you don't). The church is commonplace(banality) for guidiance. I wonder if Pastor Adams' critic (Patriot1) has ever been to OBC or tuned to Fox (channel 61) on Sunday mornings and heard any of his sermons? Wonder if he knows the different ministries within the church that is geared toward the youth or the mentoring programs at the church? Has he ever been to OBC on Sundays and seen the youth that are giving their lives to the Lord and giving up the gang lifestyle? Has he ever heard testimonies from prisoners who have turned their lives around because of the Word of God that Pastor Adams and his ministry team have shared with them. I am a member of OBC and I invite you to come see and hear and then make your judgement after you have witnessed for yourself what the man of God is doing for our community.

Rep. Favor is a woman of God whose also working with and for the community here and in Nashville. It's easy to sit back and throw stones but what have you done lately for the community other than hide behind a user name and critize just about every article that hits the CTFP....Get involved!!!!!

October 29, 2011 at 2:43 a.m.
royw64 said...

Send All The Guilty Parties To Boot Camp Then On To Afghanistan. Make It A Life Sentence.Get Them Off The Streets Now.The Prisons Are Full & Letting Prisoners Go Early To Return To The Crime They Left.

October 29, 2011 at 9:41 a.m.
01centare said...

ladylovecol said... Pastor Adams(not Rev. because we only reverence God)and Rep. Favors are in the trenches working to do what alot of others just sit back and critize others for not doing (damned if you do and damned if you don't). The church is commonplace(banality) for guidiance. I wonder if Pastor Adams' critic (Patriot1) has ever been to OBC or tuned to Fox (channel 61) on Sunday mornings and heard any of his sermons? Wonder if he knows the different ministries within the church that is geared toward the youth or the mentoring programs at the church? Has he ever been to OBC on Sundays and seen the youth that are giving their lives to the Lord and giving up the gang lifestyle? Has he ever heard testimonies from prisoners who have turned their lives around because of the Word of God that Pastor Adams and his ministry team have shared with them. Rep. Favor is a woman of God whose also working with and for the community here and in Nashville. It's easy to sit back and throw stones but what have you done lately for the community other than hide behind a user name and critize just about every article that hits the CTFP....Get involved!!!!!

Finally someone speaking up and out about two most phenomenal people!! I've visited Pastor Adam's church, though it's been a few years back now, and I said it then and I'll say it again, if anyone can reach the city's young and troubled youth he can. He doesn't try to force or shove religion down anyone's throat. He just offers help in any way he can. I also got to visit some of the classes(they weren't bible classes) at the church helping people who didn't finish school study for their GEDs and such, again phenomenal!! I also took a few young men over who needed jobs, again they had training and other things to offer there too.

On Ms. Favors, another phenomenal individual, I' not in her district, but she contacted me several years ago after hearing about a medical situation for a family member. She offered suggestions and help. Ms. Favors doesn't recognize skin color. She recognize the poor and struggling. And being a registered nurse herself, of course her concerns often center around the medical needs of the poor all across the state of TN and the rest of the country. Just because people aren't out there beating their chest and shouting LOOK AT ME! LOOK WHAT I'M DOING FOR THOSE POOR SOULS! Anytime a tv camera or other news outlets are around to record them that doesn't mean they aren't working and working hard behind the scenes. People like Ms. Favors and Pastor Adams do their works quietly, tirelessly and selflessly. They are the true and epitome what Jesus Christ preached about. Because they do what they do from the heart and not for the recognition and rewards like some others we know about. They both may take a licking, but they don't let it stop them. They just keep on TICKING!!

October 29, 2011 at 10:01 a.m.
SWEETNSASSY said...

Something has to be done in Chatt...stop letting these repeat offenders out..send to afganistan to fight..if that is all they want to do

October 29, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
obviousman said...

Emersization said...

Perhaps a new law should pass to make people stay in school much longer than the current threshold.

You may be able to force unwilling student to attend school, but you can never force an unwilling student to learn.

October 29, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
Wilder said...

The problem seems to be taking care of itself.

October 29, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
holdout said...

Maybe a mean old SRO made them pull their pants up in the eighth grade and now they have to shoot their neighbors to relieve the pain. We all know that nothing good ever came of a child talking to a Police Officer.

October 29, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.
Emersization said...

TFP edits in a new update:

Since these are in fact teen-agers, the schools and parents both demonstrate failure in teaching right from wrong!

October 29, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.
elvisd said...

Great, keep thugs in school longer so they'll spread their moral disease to others and wreak havoc in the only sane social setting many kids have now. Now THAT'S an idea.

October 29, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

holdout said... Maybe a mean old SRO made them pull their pants up in the eighth grade and now they have to shoot their neighbors to relieve the pain. We all know that nothing good ever came of a child talking to a Police Officer.

Or maybe more like slamming a child's head into a set of lockers and splitting the skin above their eye open, leaving a permanent scar? Or darn near strip searching a child. Or trying to seduce and climb into the drawers of some young impressionable teenage student who's more in need of a father figure and not a pedophile or pervert? Using Tasers, mace on students? No problem.

October 29, 2011 at 5:32 p.m.
elvisd said...

"Or maybe more like slamming a child's head into a set of lockers and splitting the skin above their eye open, leaving a permanent scar?" Proof? Data? News link? "Or darn near strip searching a child." Proof? Data? News link?

How often does that happen? Not some single example found on Yahoo news, but several incidents locally. Or are you fantasizing to excuse the pathologies of a whole segment of people?

October 29, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
Momus said...

Maybe these kids learned their conflict resolution skills by observing us.

October 29, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
Echo said...

Now if only these delinquents has iPads...they'd still be in school reading Shakespeare. Haaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa! Gimmieth your wallet!! You bumpith into me! I takith offense!

October 29, 2011 at 10:53 p.m.
BravesDave said...

Just waiting to see how quickly others will be blamed for YET ANOTHER shoot 'em up in da hood.

October 30, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.
bryseana said...

14 year olds?

October 30, 2011 at 1:58 a.m.
Haiku said...

elvisd said... How often does that happen? Not some single example found on Yahoo news

Given the consequences, I'd say one time would be too many. There are many of these *incidents8 that will never make the news. Especially when thee's more an effort to hide them than address them and deal with the abusers.

October 30, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.
holdout said...

Just keep making excuses and let the violence roll along unchecked.

October 30, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.
purplelaw said...

Its the economy, or its lack of education, or... The reality is violent crime is on the rise in Chattanooga, and there are few answers. Wise counsel often goes in one ear and out the other. Unfortunately most of these offenders will be just be processed through the criminal justice system and its bulging seams. Purple Law Firm, Attorneys in Chattanooga

October 30, 2011 at 1:58 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

MY! MY! Another shooting?? Just give them a slap on the wrist and let them go...(seems to be what ALWAYS happens...)

Blame THE MAN! It's Whitey's fault!!...isn't it??

Surely it's not the black community's fault for putting up with the gangs and sorry parents/ABSENT FATHERS... They have schools and a chance at an education/better future and what do WE get in return??

We...the black and white law-abiding tax-paying citizens...get either mugged/robbed/stabbed/killed or pay for their "incarceration education"...

WOW! What a wonderful life behind bars you can have just by NOT obeying the law,NOT staying in school,NOT taking drugs and NOT joining gangs! WHAT A GREAT FUTURE AWAITS YOU!

October 30, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

@mp37421 said... Nothing will help. No marching, saturations, organization, religious group, nothing! Gentrification is the only way.

Attempts to gentrify these areas are the leading cause of many of these problems the city is having to deal with. The people weren't moving out fast enough so a wrench had to be thrown in to speed things up. That plan to gentrify started over thirty years ago. It took a while, but now here we are experiencing the backdraft.

October 30, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
rolema said...

teaching should come at a young age i think it is to late at12-13-14-15-16-and so on. so it will pass when they get rid of each other black or white!!!!!!!!!!

October 30, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.
GrouchyJohn said...

Macropetala8, your idea is wonderful! Yes, Gentrification is the only way.... run a bunch of bulldozers through the inner-city slums, doze them to the ground and scatter all the trouble makers to the wind. This same thing happened in Chattanooga about a decade ago, and it actually helped in that it broke up some of the gangs that roamed the housing projects. However the trouble makers then went out into the rest of the city and trouble started all over town, every where the section 8 housing was taken over by gangs, ect. I'd sooner keep the trouble limited to certain small areas of town than have it spread all over... so no, your idea REALLY SUCKS in the long run.

Personally, I vote for the 6:00 executions. Find the people doing the shootings, put them on trial, if found guilty of shooting people on a random basis (or even not randomly but intentionally) you then stand them up against a concrete wall and blow holes in them with a bunch of BIG caliber rifles. It would be a punishment that fits the crime. Make sure you broadcast it on television... the 6pm executions. That way you get 2 GOOD results... the rectums doing the shooting are ended, and the example of what happens to you for random shootings is seen by all.

October 31, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
brokentoe said...

GrouchyJohn, looks like gentrification was mp37421's suggestion with macrop responding.

And your solution is even sicker than his and the ones causing the problem.

This wasn't gang related. In fact, it's my understanding the vics in this shooting have a long reputation of jumping people walking by their house for no reason. It's allege they even jumped a young teen girl a few years ago, where several grown @ss men beat her with their fist so badly you could barely tell where her eyes had been. When everything went to court the mother, I think the one shown in the pic who was shot in the back, cursed and threaten the teen girl and her mother, although the girl was the victim. The case was thrown out of court for a lack of evidence. Although the mother of the teen girl had pictures of her daughter's swollen face. I'm not saying anyone deserves to be shot, but this entire family seems to have created this situation themselves. They have a reputation for attacking people for no reason, and the so-called mother isn't doing anyh kind of parenting or being any kind of role model or even acting as a grownup herself.

October 31, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.
BravesDave said...

Got the alarm set for 6 ...

October 31, 2011 at 10:10 p.m.
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