14 Shot Near Nightclub

3 are killed in Chattanooga as gunfire erupts, cars hit people fleeing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2022 5:00 PM CDT
City Fears 'Long Summer' After Another 14 Are Shot
Chattanooga officers stand near the site of a shooting on Sunday.   (Tierra Hayes/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

A shooting near a Tennessee nightclub early Sunday led to three deaths and 14 people suffering gunshot wounds and other injuries, police said. Fourteen people were hit by gunfire and three were hit by vehicles while trying to flee the scene, said Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy. Two people died of gunshot wounds, and one person died after being hit by a vehicle, the AP reports. Sixteen of the victims were adults, and one was a juvenile. Several remained in critical condition, she said.

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, who described himself as an avid hunter and gun owner, called on Congress to enact "common sense regulations" to address gun violence. Kelly is an independent. "That doesn’t mean taking guns away from responsible gun owners, but it does mean mandatory background checks and prohibiting high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to hurt dozens of people without even having to reload," he said at a press conference. Kelly said his administration would announce new steps in the coming weeks aimed at reducing gun violence locally.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at 2:42am on McCallie Avenue near a nightclub and found multiple victims upon arrival. Murphy said officers immediately began rendering aid. There were multiple shooters, and Murphy asked anyone in the community with information about the shooting to come forward. She said police believe it was an isolated incident. "We're trying to determine exactly what happened and what led up to this taking place,” she said. Last weekend, six juveniles were wounded during an exchange of gunfire in a downtown Chattanooga business district. "It's going to be a long summer, and we have got to get out in front of it and put a stop to it," Kelly said.

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