On July 8, 2013 East Ridge Police responded to 5425 Marion Avenue on a report of two people having been shot. ERPD patrol units arrived on scene within two minutes to discover two parties with gunshot wounds. A black female, later identified as 43-year-old Clarisa Smith of 5425 Marion Avenue, was found deceased upon police arrival. Also in the residence was a black male, later identified as 35-year-old Andre Smith of 818 Moss Street. Police observed Andre Smith was also suffering from a gunshot wound, unresponsive, and experiencing labored breathing. Andre Smith was transported to Erlanger Medical Center’s Emergency Room by ambulance. His current condition is unknown.
East Ridge Police’s Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident. Preliminary investigation indicates that the incident was a murder/attempted suicide; however the investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with information concerning the incident is encouraged to contact the East Ridge Police Department at one of the following phone numbers.
CID Office: 423.867.4503
Confidential Tip Line: 423.867.0016