A shooting in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee injured six teenagers on May 28 night.
Police officers patrolling the area heard gunshots at about 10:58 p.m. local time in the 100 Cherry Street block near the city’s waterfront, Police Chief Celeste Murphy said at a press conference on May 29.
“The officers observed multiple parties fire and then they observed multiple victims who had been hit by the gunfire,” Murphy said.
All six victims were teenagers, two of whom were in “very, very critical” condition while four suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Murphy added.
According to Murphy, two armed individuals from one group opened fire at another group with only one intended target.
“All the other victims that were shot were unintended” targets, Murphy said.
Murphy said officers detained at least one person as a person of interest but have since ruled them out as a suspect.
No arrests have been made, Murphy said.
Investigators are looking through security footage in an attempt to identify the suspects and determine their motive for the shooting.
“At this time, it does not seem to be any connection to anything gang-related. That’s not been officially ruled out, but there’s nothing indicating that at this time,” Murphy said.
Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly described the shooting as “outrageous.”
“It’s ridiculous that I even need to publicly state that guns have no place in the hands of our kids. And that children shouldn’t be wandering around in the middle of the night with no supervision,” Kelly said.
Kelly said he is directing his office to work with the police and the district attorney “to enforce existing laws that hold parents accountable for knowingly providing or allowing children access to guns that result in violence.”
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