CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A woman has died after being shot outside her Chattanooga apartment early Friday morning.

According to a news release to Channel 3 Eyewitness News, investigators with the Major Crimes Division of the Chattanooga Police Department are still collecting evidence and rounding up witnesses to the shooting that occurred at 457 Dodson Avenue.

Police were called just after 3:00 a.m. by the mother of 47-year-old Dwana Dixson and advised that she'd been shot. Dixson had been outside of their apartment talking with friends when she came running into the apartment suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. She was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

Investigators are still speaking with witnesses trying to clarify details of the case.

This is Chattanooga's 18th murder of 2011.