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Police chief wants bus-stop shooting suspects tried as adults

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Ronald Madden doesn't care why two teenaged boys opened fire barely 50 yards from his house Tuesday afternoon.

It's that they targeted anybody, period.

"It was more or less they didn't care who they shot cause bullets have no eyes," he says.

"When you're shooting at a crowd of people you're not gonna hit the person you're aiming for."

Chattanooga police believe the alleged shooters are gang members.

"They've self-identified as such," Chief Bobby Dodd says.

"The way it was put to us they had a beef with one of the kids who got off the bus on Through Street."

Investigators have recovered two handguns, and evidence that the two suspects, ages 16 and 17, fired at least eight times. Nobody was hit.

But the getaway was just as reckless.

Police say the suspects fled the scene in a stolen Ford F-150 pickup, winding down neighborhood streets, and blowing through intersections. The pickup struck a car in the intersection of McCallie & Willow, but kept going until it crashed into a utility pole near Willow & Garfield.

Officers took the two boys into custody. A passenger, believed to be a teenaged girl, escaped.

Police have not determined whether to treat her as a material witness or a suspect, Dodd says.

"But somebody knew yesterday they were in a stolen truck. Somebody knew they had guns, somebody even knew they were going over to do this shooting."

"We're not gonna tolerate this stuff," Dodd says.

 "When he picks up a gun and tries to kill people twice in one year, he's not a kid."

Dodd confirms the 16-year-old had been charged in the Coolidge Park shootings back in March.

Charges were dismissed when none of the five victims identified him in court.

"Apparently, Mom and Dad are not helpful in this situation," Dodd says.

Madden is beyond pointing fingers.

"Kids gotta think for themselves," he says.

"Parents can't have that role for em. They gotta distinguish between right and wrong."

Herman Holt has run Eastdale's H & H Market for 35 years. He's hopeful that the suspects have a conscience.

"I hope they get God in their lives, he says.

"That's the only way they're gonna survive, God in their lives."

The suspects are in the custody of Hamilton County Juvenile Court. Chief Dodd says the District Attorney has assured him he will file transfer motions to try both boys as adults, most likely for Aggravated Attempted First Degree Murder.

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