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Tennessee shooting leads to 3 dead, 14 injured

A shooting near a Tennessee nightclub early Sunday resulted in three deaths and 14 people were injured by gunfire and other injuries, police said. Fourteen people were hit by gunfire and three were hit by vehicles as they tried to leave the scene, according to Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy. Two people were killed by gunfire and one by a vehicle. Sixteen of the victims were adults and one a minor, and many remained in critical condition, he said. Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, who described himself as a “greedy hunter” and gun owner, called on Congress to enact “common sense” rules to deal with gun violence. Kelly is independent. “This does not mean that we remove weapons from responsible gun owners, but it does mean mandatory background checks and prohibit high-capacity cartridges that allow snipers to injure dozens of people without even having to refill them,” he told a news conference. Kelly said his government would announce new measures in the coming weeks aimed at reducing local armed violence. Officers responded to a shooting report at 2:42 p.m. on McCallie Avenue near a nightclub and found many victims on arrival. Murphy said police immediately began providing assistance and securing the scene. There were several gunmen and Murphy asked anyone in the community who had information about the shooting to report. He said police believe it was an isolated incident and authorities do not believe there is a continuing threat to public safety. Murphy said it would be a complicated investigation in the future. “We are trying to determine exactly what happened and what led to this shooting,” he said. “It’s going to be a long summer and we have to go out in front of it and put a stop to it,” Kelly said.

A shooting near a Tennessee nightclub early Sunday killed three people and injured 14 others, 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 were killed by gunfire and one by a vehicle. Sixteen of the victims were adults and one was a minor, and many remained in critical condition, he said.

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, who described himself as a “greedy hunter” and gun owner, called on Congress to enact “common sense” laws to address armed violence. Kelly is independent.

“This does not mean that we remove weapons from responsible gun owners, but it does mean mandatory background checks and a ban on large-capacity cartridges that allow snipers to injure dozens of people without even having to refill them,” he told a news conference. Kelly said his government would announce new measures in the coming weeks aimed at reducing local armed violence.

Police responded to a report of a shooting at 2:42 p.m. on McCallie Avenue near a nightclub and found many victims on arrival. Murphy said police immediately began providing assistance and securing the scene.

There were a lot of shooters and Murphy asked anyone in the community who had shooting information to show up. He said police believe it was an isolated incident and authorities do not believe there is a continuing threat to public safety.

Murphy said it would be a complicated investigation in the future.

“We are trying to determine exactly what happened and what led to it,” he said.

The shooting comes at a weekend after six minors were injured during an exchange of gunfire in a business district in downtown Chattanooga.

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

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