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August 16, 2014

Police increase presence in wake of multiple shootings

Two dead. Six injured. Four shootings. Five days.

Clarksville police are revving up their street presence after a spate of shootings with no suspects in sight. Some businesses were asked to close early.

This is the sequence:

Sunday, Augsust 10:

Andre Mitchell, 27, of Clarksville was found shot to death behind a Waffle House on Fort Campbell Boulevard. Simultaneouly, Oak Grove police responded to shots fired at Club Gravity and recovered shell casings.

Wednesday, August 13: 

Christopher Fletcher, 38, and Christopher Harris  were taken to Gateway Medical Center  after a shooting on between two cars on Caldwell Lane and Edmondson Ferry Road at 4:44 p.m., just about rush hour. Fletcher and Harris were found in a light-colored Toyota Camry that was stopped at Emory and Stafford Streets. Flecther was shot in the left shoulder and Harris’s head was grazed by a bullet. The car’s driver, Shawnquavi Kelly, 22, was not injured. Police recovered a handgun and marijuana in the car.

In a second incident four hours later, four people were shot on Treeland Drive. The driver of a white Ford pick-up opened fire on a Cadillac parked in front of  home before taking off at high speed toward Trenton Road. The injured were:

  • Taylor Barger, 20, of Clarksville, shot in the leg and hip, found on the ground 10 feet from home.
  • Donavon Smith, 27, shot in the upper left leg.
  • A 16-year-old , shot in the finger while watching from a bedroom window
  • Lacy McIntire, 21, shot in her left calf,

The Cadillac Fleetwood was shot up and the home riddled with bullets. Police recovered 24 shell casings from a rifle on Trenton Road.

August 11:

Police responded to Chapel Street shortly after 9 p.m. where they found Fran Daiel Caratini on the ground behind on of the apartment. Caratini, who did not live in the apartment complex, died at the scene. Caratini was the uncle of the Sunday victim’s son. Caratini failed to appear in court on a DUI charge on Tuesday and reportedly spoke to  bail bondsman Jamie Kojac Thomas just two hours before his death Thursday night.  A bench warrant had been issued but the bondsman instead arranged for Caratini to appear in court on Friday. Caratini, accompanied by his son, told the bondsman that his “baby momma’s brother” was the man shot on Sunday. Caratini was described as a repeat client with predominantly alcohol-related charges.

As of Friday evening, no arrests had been made in any of the cases and police have not indicated any gang connections. Detectives went door to door at the Chapel  apartments Friday but found no one who saw what happened.

Clarksvile Police Chief Al Ansley has placed additional patrols is specific areas for the weekend.

Clarksville police are asking anyone with with any information on Caratini’s case or Mitchell’s case to contact Detective Chris Nolder at 648-0656, ext. 5341.

Anyone with information about the Caldwell Lane shooting is asked to call Detective Nick Newman 648-0656, ext. 5340, or Detective David Bramel at ext. 5161.

Anyone with information about the shooting on Treeland Drive can call Detective Dennis Honholt at ext. 5260 or Detective Kagan Dindar at ext. 5434.

To remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 931-645-TIPS (8477).










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