Gas station shooting suspect captured; suspect is a validated gang member

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) — A validated member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods is facing a laundry list of felony charges in connection to an October 9 shooting at a gas station on Shallowford Road.

Derrick McKinny, 25, of Chattanooga has been identified by police as one of suspects who took part in a shooting at a Kangaroo Express gas station in the 6000 block of Shallowford Road.

According to an affidavit obtained by News 12, Chattanooga Police were called to the gas station in reference to a person shot.

When officers arrived they didn’t find the victim but they located a .40 caliber shell casing in the parking lot.

When an investigator watched the store surveillance camera, he noticed he noticed a Dodge Ram pull into the gas station. He also noted in his report that a grey Dodge Avenger had closely followed the Dodge Ram.

According to what had been observed in the surveillance video, three males exited the Dodge Ram and approached the Avenger.

One of the suspects identified by police as Derrick McKinney aka “Donkey,” opened the front passenger door of the Avenger and began a confrontation with the driver. After confronting the driver, McKinney was seen on video exiting the vehicle then opening the rear passenger door where he got into a physical altercation with a passenger.

According to what was observed in the surveillance video, McKinney emerged from the vehicle with a gun and fired one shot into the car. After the shot was fired, McKinney and the other two unidentified  suspects retreated back to the Dodge Ram. McKinney was seen on video placing the gun into the Dodge Ram then taking off on foot. The other two suspect drove off in the truck.

According to Chattanooga Police, McKinney is a validated member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang and is well known to several patrol officers.

According to investigators,  shooting victim seen in the video has not come forward.

The investigator noted in his report that McKinney endangered the lives of the people in the Dodge Avenger as well as the gas station patrons by firing a gun into an occupied vehicle near a functioning gas pump.

McKinney has been charged with:

  • Two counts of solicitation to commit aggravated assault
  • Felony reckless endangerment
  • Theft
  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Disorderly conduct

McKinney’s bond has been set at $44,000.

Hamilton County court records show that McKinney has a criminal rap sheet more than a page long with assault, theft and drug convictions.


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