Sunday morning shooting; suspect questioned

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Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police responded to a report of a shooting early Sunday morning at the 1300 block of Cowart Street, finding Reuben Simpson, 35, unresponsive and suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital where doctors report Simpson’s injuries are non-life-threatening.

Officers secured the area and spoke with witnesses from the Bella Vita Restaurant, at which both the victim and a suspect, Cornelius Smith, 23, had been. Officers have contacted Smith and is being interviewed by Chattanooga Violent Crimes Investigators.

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Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525.  The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.


CORRECTION: Investigators have determined that Mr. Cornelius Smith was not involved in the shooting which occurred in the 1300 block of Cowart St. Investigators are currently following all actionable leads.

Available Details:

  • Bella Vita security provided both a suspect name and picture.
  • Bella Vita staff stated they knew the suspect they were able to convince the alleged suspect to turn himself over.
  • The suspect was interviewed by investigators. But, investigators have determined the information provided was incorrect and the detained individual was released.