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Crime Stoppers: Search Still On for "Da Building" Murderer

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It has been over a year since a deadly shooting at "Da Building," a former Dodds Avenue party spot. A large crowd congregated outside the structure in the early morning darkness after a 4th of July gathering. "We're hoping that somebody out there knows something," said Chattanooga Police Investigator James Plumlee, "or has heard something; anything that would help us."

Plumlee has been working the case since day-one. He explained what happened around 4:30 am that July 5th. "Sometime, while they're all standing out there talking, a gunman fires into the crowd."

Several people were hit by the barrage of bullets. Among them was 21-year old Ladarius Daniel. He had come to the party to pick-up a friend who had been drinking. Daniel was killed.

Was the shooting random or a targeted attack? Police do not know. "Not really sure what the reasoning behind this was," said Inv. Plumlee. "We received several calls about what it may be, but I haven't been able to verify anything, yet."

Someone firing into a crowd of 50 to 100 people was so shocking a crime that within a few months, the city tightened its rules on unregulated event halls. To this day, though, police have not been able to make an arrest. "Through the course of the investigation," Plumlee continued, "we received a lot of tips, people calling in, and they were helpful. What I'm looking for is somebody else that may have seen or heard anything."

Any bit of information could be the key: a nickname, a text message, a story making the rounds. If you know something, call Crime Stoppers. At stake with this case are justice, answers for a family, and perhaps some reward cash for you.

Do not let this case go cold. "It's still an ongoing investigation and anything will help," said Plumlee.

Up to $1,000 is waiting for the right bit of information that leads to an arrest in this murder. If you are worried you will be found out as the tipster, put your fears to rest. We will never ask for your name. No one, not your friends nor yourenemiess, will know you made the call.

The Crime Stoppers tip line is: 698-3333

A police officer may answer the phone or return your call, but he will never ask your identity.

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