Monday, May 17, 2010

Antioch teen shot, killed at Smyrna graduation party

Police say 14-year-old boy was bystander at residence By Doug Davis • GANNETT TENNESSEE • May 17, 2010 SMYRNA — A 14-year-old Antioch boy died Sunday after he was shot in the head at a high school graduation party, police said. Rachan "Micky" Chatree was shot around 1:50 a.m. at 101 Lakewood Circle in Smyrna. "Based on everything we know right now, he was just an innocent bystander," said Smyrna Police Sgt. Bobby Gibson. Police said a dark-colored, subcompact vehicle, possibly a foreign make, pulled in front of the residence and two to four people got out and started shooting at people in front of the house. Witnesses gave conflicting reports about the number of people in the vehicle, which sped away after the shots were fired, according to police. "It could have been as many as four people with weapons," Gibson said. "We don't know for certain they knew anyone at the party." Chatree was found lying on the front porch with a gunshot to his head. He was taken to StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna and transferred shortly afterward to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he died. Motive unknown Police don't know the motive of the shooting, Gibson said. "It was just your normal party. People were spread throughout the home, inside and out." More than 30 guests were at the party, which was thrown by a family member of a female Smyrna High School student who graduated Saturday, police said. Gibson said police don't know whether the incident was gang-related. "That is part of the investigation," he said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Smyrna police at 615-459-6644. Suzanne Normand Blackwood contributed to this story.

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