Carjacked vehicle from West Knox County recovered after Chattanooga shooting; 2 in custody

The car was recovered after a drive-by shooting in Chattanooga. (source: WTVC)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Two people believed to be connected to a vehicle taken in an armed robbery and carjacking at a West Knox County gym were arrested Tuesday morning after a drive-by shooting in Chattanooga.

A gray 2003 Infinity G35 was located after a drive-by shooting around 8 a.m. at a bus stop in Chattanooga. The two people taken into custody are being held in Chattanooga on charges placed there. No one was injured in the shooting.

The car is believed to be the same one that was stolen Saturday night just before 10 p.m. outside Gold’s Gym, 155 Canton Hollow Road. According to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report, three African-American men with handguns approached three men outside the gym and demanded their wallets and cell phones.

 The vehicle was stolen Saturday night just before 10 p.m. outside Gold's Gym, 155 Canton Hollow Road.

The vehicle was stolen Saturday night just before 10 p.m. outside Gold’s Gym, 155 Canton Hollow Road.

“We come here regularly and it’s in your own neighborhood. I never thought about that. It’s a safe place until now,” said Su Wang of Farragut.

One suspect punched a victim in the face and another suspect hit a victim over the head with a gun. They got away in the G35 belonging to one of the victims. The victim who was hit in the head was taken to Turkey Creek Medical Center.

On Tuesday, the parking lot was filled with cars and plenty of people heading into the gym. Some were just learning about what happened.

“Now that you mentioned this, what happened last Saturday, it makes me feel not safe to come here late at night,” said Carlos Santos-Martinez.

The stolen car was found about 100 miles away in Chattanooga after a drive-by shooting happened near a bus stop on Tuesday. Two people were arrested and a third is on the run, but it’s not clear if they’re the same people responsible for the carjacking outside the Knox County gym.

Some are hoping security cameras will be installed in the parking lot.

“I think they should have more security to keep us safe out here,” said Melissa Hall of Hardin Valley.

Others are being extra cautious the next time they had to the gym when it gets dark.

“It makes me feel next time I’ll be very nervous,” said Wang.

A manager with Gold’s Gym said the safety of their members is a top priority, but wouldn’t elaborate if any security changes would be made. The case remains under investigation.

If you have any information about Saturday’s carjacking, you are asked to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 865-215-2244.

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