Police say illegal drugs likely cause of rash of shootings

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 12:55am

Metro police believe drugs, money and a possible robbery attempt are largely the motives behind shootings Saturday night as well as on Monday evening, leaving a total of seven people wounded.

The flare of violence began in Antioch around 9:30 Saturday night in the Kroger parking lot on Mt. View Road. There Jerome Dobbins, 30, and Lamont Thompson, 26, were both shot in the legs during an exchange of gunfire with people in another car. Their wounds were not critical. Police believe that shooting was drug related.

Later that same night, Maurice House, 22, was shot and wounded just before midnight when a man who witnesses said wore a hooded sweatshirt approached him near 12th Avenue South and Edgehill Avenue. House allegedly possessed marijuana and police said they found a large bag of more pot in his car.

On Monday evening, just after 7 p.m., three men were wounded in gunfire on South Seventh Street in the James Cayce public housing, which police said involved marijuana, money and possibly attempted robbery.

Jamahl Saunders, 25, was wounded in the shooting along with Derek Waters, also known as Carlos Dajuan Waters, 25, and Roderick Bone, 24.

Saunders suffered wounds to his torso and was unable to provide a statement to detectives. Police found Waters later outside a Main Street liquor store where, according to a police spokesman, he refused to cooperate with police.

Bone, 24, later showed up at Centennial Hospital with minor injuries and told police he was minding his own business when he was shot.

Finally, in another separate incident at 9:40 p.m. on Arthur Avenue, a 19-year-old was shot and wounded after he was involved in an apparent fistfight during a basketball game earlier that day. Investigators do not believe that shooting is connected to drugs.

The victim in that shooting received a non-critical wound to his calf.

10 Comments on this post:

By: Kelliente on 7/17/13 at 7:56

... at least no one died?

Seems like a lot of this violence could be avoided if pot was legal.

By: pipecarver on 7/17/13 at 8:42

You will never see legalization in The State of Tennessee. Too much money pouring in to keep the propeganda business running at full capacity. In addition to Federal and State funding for law enforcement jobs, you have to deal with the pharmaceutical companies, the doctors, the pharmacies on every corner, the insurance companies, the lawyers, etc, etc. The list of people benefitting from pure lies created by one man, Harry Anslinger, have raged on since the end of prohibition. Read your history, and judge for yourselves.

By: C.A.Jones on 7/17/13 at 9:03

Sounds like Treyvon shot one of them dudes.

Oh guys, you're overlooking the fact that Mary J makes you a useless retard.

By: PKVol on 7/17/13 at 9:52

It is not just the shootings that are caused by Illegal drugs, you can pin a lot of society's issues on illegal drugs. Thefts, gangs, unemployment, poverty, welfare, prostitution, etc. If society could rid itself of the need to acquire illegal drugs (eliminate the demand), the supply goes away and society becomes better.

This is not just a current problem, this problem has existed for years.

By: courier37027 on 7/17/13 at 11:08

PKVol, are you saying poverty, welfare, prositution would disappear is marijuana was legal? Seems to me the symptoms remain regardless of drugs legal. Or otherwise, status.

By: kevin47881 on 7/17/13 at 5:50

At least the 'victims' were able to wait for the law on a nice King Dean sidewalk.

By: unclesam328 on 7/18/13 at 12:59

How simple it is to blame the violence in the streets to illegal drugs without mentioning the culture that propagates the acceptance of such behavior. We, as an animal mechanism. will always have to deal with addiction. The violence that results in our interaction with each other is the real abomination. Simply said, 'Give Peace a Chance'.

By: PKVol on 7/18/13 at 7:39

courier37027, nice try in trying to twist my words.

To be perfectly clear, THE DEMAND FOR DRUGS IS THE PROBLEM.

By: courier37027 on 7/18/13 at 8:38

PKVol, thanks for the clarification. Even if legal, the demand and craving foir drugs will bring crime. Namely, when demand exceeds spending power.

By: whitegravy on 7/19/13 at 2:57

The DEMAND for, and USE of illegal drugs are symptoms of much deeper issues/problems in not only individual but societal affairs.Things like poverty unemployment , hopelessness, apathy etc. must be aggressively addressed. The need for people to escape their PERCEIVED miserable existences is at the root of drug use for some/many. The downside of drug use far outweighs the up-side (if any).Alas, as long as people feel the need to escape the daily grind, as opposed to grinding through it, the dope men will get richer and society will suffer all collateral damage.