Lebanon police work to combat gang violence - WSMV Channel 4

Lebanon police work to combat gang violence

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Police believe recent gang violence is responsible for the death of 30-year-old Andre Logue in Lebanon. Chief Scott Bowen said they're aware of the problem and trying to combat it, but it takes time.

Officers are still trying to find the two men accused of shooting Logue. At the same, family members are planning his funeral.

Kaitlin Adams called Logue her boyfriend for nearly three years. But early Saturday morning, she lost the man who one day she had planned to call her husband.

"It wasn't only my boyfriend, but he was my family too," Adams said. "So when he's gone, obviously a part of me goes."

Adams said Logue had gone to a friend's place to gamble with some buddies. But when officers arrived early Saturday morning, they found Logue shot to death.

"There was no sense in it," Adams said. "If the money was that important to him, they could have done anything else."

Police later discovered another gunshot victim at University Medical Center. Investigators said members of the Tree Top Bloods gang fired the shots that killed Logue.

But the gang violence didn't stop on Dedmon Street.

Wednesday evening, bullets flew into a townhome on Toshiba Drive, which police believe is connected to Logue's death.

"We understand a lot of times these guys care more about their gang families than their own families," Bowen said. "But, you know, it's not just police department issues. This is a community issues."

Bowen said he's been aware of this for some time. Two years ago, Bowen said the department launched grassroots programs to help keep kids out off the streets and out of gangs.

"I think it's working," Bowen said. "Obviously we won't know for a few years because these kids got a few years before we start targeting gangs, but you got to get them early."

Bowen added the gunman who shot Logue has been in a gang for some time.

Back at the Logue home, many gather to remember the man they lost to gang violence.

Ja'Rob Coggins grew up with Logue. He said Logue was a positive influence on many in the Lebanon community.

"He's one of the few kids that made me proud," Coggins said. "He achieved his potential. A lot of people have lot of potential and waste it. Andre wasn't one of those people."

Officers arrested three men in connection with the Wednesday shooting. Joshua Knight, Lavon Knight and Marcus Baker are all charged with aggravated assault. Police said all three are gang members.

Meanwhile, police are asking for the public's help in locating Derrick Devaughn Carr and Shaun Derrick Betty Jr., both of Nashville. Investigators said they killed Logue Saturday morning. Police have active warrants for criminal homicide for both Carr and Betty.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lebanon Police Department at 615-444-2323.

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