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3 dead, 1 wounded in shooting in Hamilton County; 1 man arrested

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — A teenager was in custody Thursday after a shooting outside of Chattanooga left three people dead and wounded another teenager.

The Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1gcxy3D) 19-year-old Derek Morse was arrested Thursday morning. He is charged with criminal attempted homicide in the Wednesday night shooting, and additional charges are pending.

Less than a week ago, charges against Morse were dismissed in connection with another violent incident where he was accused of opening fire on a carload of people. According to court records, he was charged with aggravated assault and domestic assault in that case. Hamilton County District Attorney General Bill Cox said the judge dismissed those charges because the witnesses repeatedly failed to appear in court.

In the Wednesday shooting, the surviving victim told officers he had been at a motor home with three others when two men came up shooting at them.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Callen was wounded, but he managed to make it back to his nearby home, according to the arrest report. Callen told officers he continued to hear gunfire and heard one of the men saying, "Make sure they're all dead," according to the report.

Deputies found three people dead near the motor home, and numerous casings were littering the road. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as John F. Lang, Caleb N. Boozer, and Jon E. Morris.

Morse was being held in the Hamilton County jail on a $750,000 bond. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Janice Atkinson said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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