New questions about road rage shooting in Chattanooga

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Updated: 12/18/2013 6:27 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - Tuesday mornings shooting at the intersection of South Moore Road and Terrace Road is raising questions about whether the shooter was trying to defend himself.

WDEF spoke to close friends and neighbors of Richard Manning, 62, of East Ridge. Manning is accused of shooting and killing Norman Gallman, 39 of Ringgold.

"He just always seemed like a good guy. I just can't hardly believe that he would do something like that but if I guess if someone aggravated him," said Robert Higginbotham who says he knew Manning for 17 years.

WDEF obtained the arrest warrant that clearly says Gallman reportedly got out of his Honda SUV and walked directly toward Manning's driver side door. Manning's vehicle was right behind Gallman's SUV at a red light on the 300 block of Moore Rd.

It's unclear if words were exchanged or if Manning felt threatened by Gallman approaching his vehicle. The report does not say if there was an incident between the two drivers prior to the traffic stop.

Higginbotham said Manning is a former police officer and firearms expert who would defend himself if he felt his life was in danger.

"Yea if he felt threatened, I think he would probably do something," Higginbotham said.

An eye witnesses told police that Manning drove away after the shooting.

Investigators were given a vehicle description and a tag number that was traced back to Manning's address in East Ridge.

Nearly two hours after the shooting, officers stopped Manning while driving a pickup up truck about a block from his home. He identified himself and surrendered without incident. Investigators found a 40-caliber handgun in the front seat of the truck.

The car he was driving when the shooting occurred was already parked in his driveway.

Many close neighbors told WDEF that it was very rare for Manning to leave his house before 9 A.M. because he's been dealing with serious health issues. They also told WDEF that Manning was always a good neighbor who deeply cared about his community.

Manning remains in the Hamilton county jail on a $350,000 bond. He was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

As for Gallman, WDEF learned that he was living in Ringgold with his three young children. Neighbors describe him as an easy going person who always seemed friendly.

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