Gunshots in Chattanooga, Tennessee, crashes, 3 dead, 14 injured

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — A shooting near a nightclub in Tennessee early Sunday resulted in three deaths and 14 people suffering gunshot wounds and other injuries, police said.

Fourteen people were hit by gunfire and three hit by vehicles while trying to flee the scene, Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy said during a news conference. Two people died from gunshot wounds and one person died after being hit by a vehicle, Murphy said. Sixteen of the victims were adults and one was a juvenile. Several remained in critical condition, she said.

Officers responded to a report of a 2:42 a.m. shooting on McCallie Avenue near a nightclub and found several victims upon arrival. She said officers immediately began providing assistance and securing the crime scene.

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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 case and authorities do not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety.

Murphy said it would be a complex investigation.

“We’re trying to figure out exactly what happened and what led to it,” she said.

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

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