Chattanooga Police identify victim in deadly Pinewood Avenue shooting

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga Police identify the victim of a deadly shooting on Pinewood Avenue.

This is the third deadly shooting in Chattanooga in five days.

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Bullet holes and smashed glass. That is what cars in the Hamilton Pines parking lot looked like on Tuesday morning.

Chattanooga police responded at 2:30 a.m. for reports of a shooting at the apartment complex on Pinewood Avenue.

Investigators say 37-year-old Joel Ervin was getting out of a car when he was shot.



He was pronounced dead at the scene.

People who live at Hamilton Pines say there has been some crime in the area, but nothing like this.

“It can get a little rambunctious at times. But for the most part it is quiet. No gun shots really,” Joshua Burns said.

This time some residents heard everything.

“I was just freaking out really. I told my girlfriend to get down. I mean I didn’t want any stray bullets to come in anything like that. We were better off with the brick underneath us,” Burns said.

This is the third deadly shooting in five days in Chattanooga.

On Gillespie Road, crime tape is left behind. According to Chattanooga Police, witnesses say a 20 year old man was shot while riding in a car on Thursday. He later died at the hospital.

On Sunday people gathered to honor a woman who was killed in an East 28th Street Shooting. Police say the suspect in that homicide later committed suicide.

The latest case at Hamilton Pines, has some wanting to move.

“We are definitely trying to get out,” Burns said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. People can remain anonymous.