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3 Dead, 14 Hurt After Shooting in Downtown Chattanooga

A shooting on the streets of Chattanooga early Sunday left three people dead, including one who was hit by a vehicle that was fleeing the scene.

Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy said there were 14 shooting victims in all and three hit by vehicles.

Police dispatch records show two 911 calls at about the same time from the area on McCallie Avenue near the base of Missionary Ridge. The first came in just after 2:30 a.m. from Mary’s Bar & Grill and the second came a minute later from about a block away.

Murphy told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that it appeared there were multiple shooters, and no one is in custody.

“This is once again a situation in which we find that we need help from the community to help us out with this,” Murphy said at the news conference. “We cannot do this by ourselves, and we’re asking you for help. This is clearly a tragic event for the families involved and the victims. So at this time, I definitely want to make sure that we extend our condolences and thoughts to the families and individuals that are experiencing this today.”

The shooting came just a week after six teenagers were wounded in a shooting the city’s downtown tourist district. A 15-year-old has been arrested in that incident.

Elected officials appeared alongside Murphy at a news conference on Sunday, offering thoughts and prayers and promising to stop the violence, WTVC reported.

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