Police: shooting in Tennessee leaves 3 dead and 14 injured

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The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the scene of a shooting Sunday, June 5, 2022 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Tierra Hayes/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

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A shooting near a Tennessee nightclub early Sunday left three people dead and 14 people injured with gunshots and other injuries, police said.

Fourteen people were hit by gunfire and three were hit by vehicles as they tried to flee the scene, according to Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy. Two people died from gunshot wounds and one person died after being struck by a vehicle. Sixteen of the victims were adults and one was a minor and several remained in critical condition, she said.

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, who has described himself as an “avid hunter” and gun owner, called on Congress to pass “common sense regulations” to address gun violence. Kelly is independent.

“That doesn’t mean taking guns away from responsible gun owners, but it does mean mandatory background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to injure dozens of people without even having to reload,” he said. he said at a press conference. Kelly said his administration would announce new measures in the coming weeks aimed at reducing gun violence locally.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at 2:42 a.m. on McCallie Avenue near a nightclub and found multiple victims upon arrival. Murphy said officers immediately began helping and securing the scene.

There were multiple shooters, and Murphy asked anyone in the community with information about the shooting to come forward. She said police believed it was an isolated incident and authorities did not believe there was an ongoing threat to public safety.

Murphy said it would be a complex investigation going forward.

“We are trying to determine exactly what happened and what led to this,” she said.

The shooting comes over the weekend after six miners were injured in a gunfight in a downtown Chattanooga business district.

“It’s going to be a long summer, and we have to come out front and end it,” Kelly said.

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AP writer Rebecca Reynolds contributed from Simpsonville, Ky.

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