Monday, March 29 2010 11:54 AM EDT2010-03-29 15:54:45 GMT
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Updated Monday 10:30 pm
Chattanooga Police released dispatch audio from the Coolidge Park shooting Saturday night.
"We have a about 250 people at coolidge park and we need more units if you can be en route."
Officers alerted dispatch that hundreds of people filled the park, many wearing blue and red, known gang colors.
"We are getting a lot of red and blue uniforms down there by the fountain area. It's about 50-70 of them. We were getting information something may go down tonight."
Police Chief Freeman Cooper believes the shooting wasn't gang related, but rather a flash mob. The end result was chaos and shots sending several people to the hospital.
Updated Monday 2pm
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield insists the Saturday evening shooting was an isolated incident.
Mayor Littlefield told reporters Monday afternoon that the incident was not gang related and the result of a "flash mob" invited to congregate at Coolidge Park by text messaging.
Littlefield went on to say that police will increase bike patrol and police presence at Coolidge Park.
Updated Monday 11:00 a.m.
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield has called a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Monday to address the weekend shootings at Coolidge Park.
Joining the Mayor to address the public and media will be Chattanooga Police Chief Freeman Cooper as well as officials from the Parks & Recreation Department among others.
Channel 3 Eyewitness News will have a crew at the event.
Updated 5:45 P.M.
Around 9:00 p.m. Saturday night, police say fights broke out among the crowds of teenagers and Hamilton County park rangers called for backup.
Once they arrived, officers tried to move the crowd to Frazier Avenue, and that's when shots rang out.
All five victims were 18-years-old or younger and shot either in the leg or the buttocks.
While doctors were helping the victims, police were tipped off by witnesses to the shooters car.
When officers found them down the street, a handgun was in the backseat. They arrested two 18-year-olds and a minor.
And once again--gangs are suspected.
Now some say safety should move to the top of the public discussion.
Updated 12:45 p.m.
Police Chief Freeman Cooper has declined our request to be interviewed about the five teens shot in Coolidge Park on Saturday night. We told the Chief we had questions about the shooting and public safety at the Park.
The Chief said one of the Department's public information officers will answer those questions instead of him.
"These general questions about the shooting last night and Park safety can and will be handled by Lt Noorbergen," he said.
Updated 11:30 a.m.
A media briefing is scheduled Sunday at 1:15 with one of the Chattanooga Police Department's public information officers. Channel 3 Eyewitness News has requested that Police Chief Freeman Cooper take our questions as well. We are waiting on confirmation regarding his plans.
Updated Sunday 11:00 a.m.
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Chattanooga Police have charged two adults and one juvenile in the shooting incident at Coolidge Park.
18-year-old Anthony Freison is charged with five counts of attempted murder, five counts of aggravated assault, and one felony account of reckless endangerment.
18-year-old Taurean Patillo is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and an unlawful possession of a firearm.
The name of the juvenile charged has not been released.
Quincy Bell, 18, was shot once in the buttocks. He was treated and released. 18-year-old Kevin Tucker has a gunshot wound to his thigh; he was also treated and released. A female victim, 18-year-old Andreonna Buchanan, was also shot in the buttocks. She was treated and released. Two others were shot but police did not release their names because they are juveniles.
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- One of Chattanooga's most peaceful and family-friendly places became a crime scene full of gunshots and at least two dozen police cars. It all happened around 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Channel 3 Eyewitness News had a crew on the scene soon after.
The Chattanooga Police Department confirms that four people were shot near Coolidge Park. Police are trying to determine whether it could be gang-related. Officers said many of the individuals were dressed in red and blue, commonly known as gang colors.
Police said a possible fifth victim arrived at a local hospital in a private vehicle.
Park rangers called for backup when a large group became "rowdy". As police were moving the crowd, shots rang out. The injuries are not life threatening; the individuals were hit below the waist.
Stay with Channel 3 Eyewitness News and WRCBtv.com for continuing coverage throughout the weekend.