Police are saying this much about Tuesday’s apparent road rage shooting at the intersection of Moore Road and North Terrace: 39-year-old Norman Gallman was killed, and 62-year-old Richard Manning is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.
And if investigators ultimately determine road rage was the cause of the conflict, it may stand as the first road rage-related death in Chattanooga’s history.
“I don’t remember us having one here [prior],” said Sgt. Wayne Jefferson, Chattanooga Police Department spokesman.
Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, police were dispatched to 344 S. Moore Road on a “person shot” call. They found Gallman, an Ooltewah resident, in a silver Honda CR-V suffering from a gunshot wound. There was a female passenger in the vehicle, whose name has not been released. She was not injured.
According to a Chattanooga police news release, eyewitnesses described a confrontation between Gallman and another person on the road that resulted in a gunshot.
Jefferson said Gallman and Manning appear to have ended up beside each other at the Moore and North Terrace intersection when the two got into a dispute.
He said it appears Gallman left his vehicle, approached Manning and was struck by a single gunshot. He then walked back to his SUV and was found there by emergency responders.
Gallman was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead from the gunshot wound. Manning, who had left the scene, later was arrested at his 706 S. Lovell Ave. home after police tracked a car matching a description given by witnesses to that location. Jefferson said there was no one else at the house when police arrived.
Richard Manning, the 62-year-old man accused of killing Norman Gallman in the midst of a road rage dispute Tuesday, is a former Hamilton County sheriff’s officer, an instructor of armed guards at a Chattanooga shooting range and a cancer patient.