published Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Woman killed in East Lake Courts in Chattanooga

Chattanooga police collect evidence outside a residence at East Lake Court housing project where a woman was fatally shot.
Chattanooga police collect evidence outside a residence at East Lake Court housing project where a woman was fatally shot.
Photo by Beth Burger /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A 21-year-old woman was shot and killed at 10:19 p.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of East 25th Street Court and East Lake Court public housing projects, according to Chattanooga Police Department.

A male suspect was last seen running east. He approached the woman's residence just before the shooting and was wearing a bandana, said Master Patrol Officer Nathan Hartwig.

The suspect was described as a slender black male about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He may be wearing a red and white T-shirt.

The shooting doesn't appear to be a random act, Hartwig said.

Nearby residents, who declined to be identified out of fear of retaliation, said the woman had a baby boy.

"She was always a happy person; she didn't bother anybody," said a 34-year-old woman at a nearby residence.

The woman reported hearing only one shot.

The homicide is Chattanooga's fifteenth in 2012.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the Chattanooga Police Department at 698-2525.

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