Police said that three people died and 14 others were injured in a shooting incident at a Tennessee nightclub on Sunday morning.
According to Celeste Murphy, Chattanooga Police Chief, fourteen people were shot and three others were struck by cars while fleeing the scene. Two people were killed by gunshot wounds, and one was injured in an accident involving a vehicle. She said that 16 of the victims were adults, one was a minor and many remained in critical condition.
Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly described himself as an "avid hunter", and gun owner. He called for Congress to pass "common sense regulations" in order to reduce gun violence. Kelly is an independent.
He stated that while it doesn't mean that gun owners should be disarmed, mandatory background checks must be conducted and high-capacity magazines banned. This allows shooters to inflict serious injuries on dozens of people at once. Kelly stated that his administration will announce new measures in the coming weeks to reduce gun violence locally.
Officers responded at 2:42 AM to a call about a shooting on McCallie Avenue, near a nightclub. They found multiple victims when they arrived. Murphy stated that officers responded immediately to the call and began to secure the scene.
Murphy asked for any information from the community about the shooting. Murphy said that there were several shooters. She stated that police believed it was an isolated incident, and that authorities don't believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety.
Murphy stated that it would be a complicated investigation moving forward.
She said, "We are trying to figure out exactly what happened" and "what led to this happening."
This shooting follows six juveniles being injured in an altercation of gunfire that took place in downtown Chattanooga.
Kelly stated, "It's going be a long Summer. We have to get out front of it. And we have to put a halt to it."