published Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Chattanooga police hunt leads in latest shooting death

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Anyone with information about Abram's shooting can contact Chattanooga police at 698-2525 or Crime Stoppers at 698-3333.

Investigators continued to canvass the neighborhood and check out leads in hopes of finding the gunman in Chattanooga's latest shooting death.

In the past week, there have been five shootings that left three dead.

On Tuesday night, 27-year-old Cary "K" Abram was shot and killed as he sat in a Chevrolet Impala with dark-tinted windows in front of his home at 3412 Jones St.

Witnesses told police that Abram was smoking marijuana with a couple of other people when a man approached the vehicle and opened fire. A woman in the car was grazed by one of the rounds, police said.

Police believe his death was related to drugs, but it's unclear if it was gang related. One person whom police wanted to interview Wednesday afternoon is a member of a gang associated with some recent shootings.

Abram lived with his brother, Cory. The two were arrested Saturday when police saturated the area with extra patrols because of the increased violence. Both brothers were charged with possession of a controlled substance and a seat belt violation.

Cary Abram had a history of drug possession and trafficking arrests, according to court records. On Saturday, he was charged with having 0.01 grams of marijuana when none of the four occupants in a car claimed to own the drugs.

"He kept to himself. We really don't know why this happened. We can't figure out who would want to kill him," said a 21-year-old woman who lived in the neighborhood but who wouldn't give her name for fear of retaliation. She said she knew Abram for five years.

"From what I know of him, he was not a troublemaker," she said.

Her boyfriend, who was inside the Impala, was injured during the shooting, she said.

"He's OK. He's shaken up, and he's still got glass in his back," she said.

On Cary Abram's Facebook page, he wrote about passing a drug test and getting a job at a local factory. He seemed excited.

"About to clock n to make this money thanking god for his blessin without him I'm nothing," he said.

His profile picture showed him glancing downward in dark-rimmed eyeglasses. He also had pictures dating back to more than a year ago showing him fanning out a handful of dollar bills.

He just started attending church again, the woman said.

"Thankin god for waking me up to see another Sunday he blessin u when u don't even know it," he wrote in one post in April.

Friends began posting "RIP" Wednesday on the Facebook page below an April 18 post in which Abram wrote, "I don't have to be scared of nothing because I have God on my side."

Abram's death was the 19th homicide in the city this year.

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