Woman killed in “negligent discharge” shooting in Chattanooga


Chattanooga Police are investigating what they’re calling a “negligent” shooting.

It happened Tuesday afternoon on the 1200 block of Lewis Street. The shooting left one young woman dead.

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Police said the shooter and the woman are not related, but are believed to have had some type of relationship.

Authorities spent several hours at the scene collecting evidence and questioning those who were in the home during the time of the shooting.

Chief Fred Fletcher said the victim was 19-year-old Carly Ellis.

“A young woman was shot by a firearm. We responded to the scene and the initial investigation revealed  that one occupant of the house was handling a firearm and negligently discharged that firearm.”

Chief Fletcher said Ellis was in the room next to where the gun was discharged by Aaron Randall. The bullet traveled through the wall, striking Ellis in the neck.

“The firearm struck a young woman who was critically injured and transported by EMS to Erlanger. When she left here, life saving medical care was in progress.”

Ellis later succumbed to her injuries.

Authorities were in and out of the home as they and questioned other people who were inside the home at the time of the shooting.

Chief Fred Fletcher says the CPD is doing all that they can to make sure the investigation is conducted thoroughly.

“All the persons who were present when this happened are working with police. They are being cooperative. Major crimes, homicide, patrol, we’re all working it very, very diligently. If somebody behaved in a way that was criminal, we will work with the District Attorney to make sure the community has the opportunity to hold people accountable for any criminal charges.”

The investigation is ongoing.