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Shooting Causes Toddler to Be Hit by Car

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By Megan Boatwright, Channel 3 Eyewitness News

Fights, guns and a mother who accidentally ran over her own son with a car.  That was the scene in a Chattanooga neighborhood Thursday night.

Police tell us the boy will be fine.  His mother, Lia Baylor, told police she was pulling her car into the driveway to get away from the shooting, and didn't see the child.

The boy's grandmother says fighting is not unusual in her neighborhood and she "just wishes the kids would put the guns down."

"I heard people arguing then I heard three gun shoots," says 19 year-old mason cooper was sitting on his front porch yesterday afternoon when he realized there was a fight happening at the end of his road. A minute later a car drove up near his house.

"Clicked it about two times and pointed the barrel down the road.  Then got back in the car and started driving away," says Cooper describing the shooter he saw. 

Cooper says the shooter couldn't get the gun to go off. Up the road at the home of Patricia Knight people were scrambling to get inside.

"There was a crowd gathered," Knight says describing the scene.  "At first it was just really quiet." 

It wasn't long before Knight realized there was going to be a fight and then everyone heard gunshots.

"We were trying to get the kids in the house," Knight says. 

Including her 2 year-old grandson,Romel.  Knight's daughter Lia was pulling her car up the driveway and away from the shooting when the 2-year-old spotted his mother.

"He ran out to meet her and in front of the car," Knight says.  "She pulled up over him." 

The front of the car knocked the toddler down.  He wasn't hit by the wheels, and thankfully only suffered minor injuries.

"It could have been worse," Knight says.   "It really could have been worse." 

Thankfully the story doesn't end tragically for Knight, her daughter and grandson.  The grandmother says she can't help but think it didn't have to happen in the first place.

"I just wish these kids would really put the guns down," she says. 

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