Suspect Cochran sought in case
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
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Cleveland detectives have issued warrants for the arrest of a Chattanooga man wanted in connection with a shooting at a local dance studio early Sunday.

Two people suffered slight injuries during the incident, according to Evie West, information officer for the Cleveland Police Department.

In the case’s latest development, the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office has requested that the Bradley County Circuit Court shut down the studio.

Cordarrius Dewon Cochran is wanted on 10 counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly fired a gun outside of Luv 2 Dance Studio located on King Edward Avenue at 20th Street. Detectives Steve Ross and Matt Jenkins have been working on the case.

Officers were reportedly already in the area and heard the shots fired just before 2 a.m.

According to West, officers were patrolling the area just before 2 a.m. Sunday when they heard shots fired. They arrived on the scene and found two vehicles and a house located near the studio had been hit by bullets. Passengers were inside the vehicle.

“One female received injuries from glass as it shattered,” West said. Neither victim was reportedly transported to the hospital for treatment, according to West.

Ross said victims and a possible suspect were from Chattanooga.

Crime Scene Technician Shane Clark responded to the scene along with Ross. Ross began his investigation while Clark processed the scene for evidence.

Ross said Tuesday that a 9 mm weapon was used to commit the act.

“Eyewitnesses, along with several other people, were able to identify Cochran as the suspect,” Ross said.

“Cochran is already wanted in Chattanooga on warrants and will be charged in Cleveland with the aggravated assault and reckless endangerment warrants,” Ross added.

All of the witnesses and victims at the scene early Sunday morning were from the Hamilton County area, according to Jenkins.

Freddy Mora is the owner of Luv 2 Dance and explained Monday during a phone interview that the studio is essentially a dance studio where ballroom dancing is taught and performed, and exercise classes such as Zumba, martial arts and other activities are held.

“We rent out our studio for weddings, birthday parties, family dinners. We also have church services here on Sunday,” Mora said Monday.

According to Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett, District Attorney General Steve Bebb has filed a Petition to Abate Nuisance.

“The Chattanooga epidemic has spilled over into Cleveland in the respect of an increase in gun violence,” Hatchett said.

He discussed a murder in Mosby Park when Aston Smith, 17, was fatally shot by Darius Twitty in August 2009.

Twitty and Terrance Armstrong were both found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death. Both men were from Chattanooga, according to Banner archived reports.

“Most of these people who have been involved in the incidents have claimed gang ties,” Hatchett said.

“Our office is going to address this issue by being proactive with any person who comes into the 10th Judicial District and commits acts of violence. They will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Hatchett added.

According to the petition filed with the court Monday afternoon, Ora Teague is listed as the property owner at 2007 King Edward Ave. Mora leases the building and operates the studio.

The affidavit stated a number of incidents have occurred at the address since Mora has leased the building.

- March 11, 2012 — CPD responded to a fight in progress and reports of gunfire.

- Aug. 5, 2012 — Fight in Progress call. Warnings given.

- Oct. 14, 2012 — Fight in Progress call.

- Nov. 17, 2012 — Resident complaint that a large number of cars were parked at the studio blocking his driveway.

- March 24, 2013 — Fight in Progress call where 16 officers responded.

- April 13, 2013 — CPD, in an effort to stop the repeated violence at Luv 2 Dance Studio, placed approximately 20 officers in the vicinity after receiving information that a large group of individuals had rented the facilities for a party. There were no acts of violence with the large police presence.

n May 11, 2013 — Fight in Progress call. Six officers responded and the crowd dispersed.

n July 7, 2013 — Reports of shots fired. Officers found shell casings and the window shot out of at least one vehicle.

“After all this, we had two people reportedly struck by gunfire Sunday morning,” Hatchett said.

“Sunday’s shooting is still under investigation,” he added.

Hatchett also said there have been other reports of gun violence in Cleveland and Bradley County where offenders have been found to have migrated from Chattanooga, committing the crimes.

“The backdrop of Sunday’s shooting was a nearby apartment. A small child was nearly struck as bullets entered the apartment, according to Jenkins.

Detectives continue to search for the reason behind the shooting.

Mora said in the past, Luv 2 Dance Studio allowed “bring your own booze.”

The studio didn’t serve alcohol, according to Mora.

“We are changing our policy to ban alcohol at the studio,” Mora said today during a phone interview.

“We are a Christian-based business and want to cater to families who want to hold functions such as birthday parties and other events,” Mora added.

According to Hatchett, Judge Larry Puckett will hear the abatement petition on Aug. 5.