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UPDATE: 7 teenagers charged in 5th Ave. triple-shooting

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Chattanooga police have arrested seven teens in connection with a triple-shooting on 5th Avenue, two of them are charged with attempted murder.

Neighbors who witnessed the shooting, saying it played out like a scene in a movie.  "Police cars everywhere you know," says neighbor, Jimmy Lee.  "I mean sirens and just a big commotion in the middle of the street."

Police Sergeant Jerri Weary tells Channel 3, 33-year-old Darrell Sims, 39-year-old Veronica Suttles and 37-year-old Vanessa Suttles were shot Friday night around 8:50.

Lee describes hearing more than 15 gunshots.  He waited until police arrived before venturing outside his home, "I stay right around the corner and it sounded like it was at my house because my windows were open," he says. 

Other neighbors described forcing their children to the ground in fear.  They say before the shooting an argument began outside the home at 3102 5th Avenue.  The same home where the female victims live.   

Weary says police arrested two males, ages 16 and 17, late Friday night. Both are charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

The three victims were taken to a local hospital, where Veronica Suttles and Darrell Sims underwent emergency surgery. Both are now listed in stable condition.

Vanessa Suttles was treated for the gunshot wound to her wrist and later released.

Weary says police also arrested 18-year-old Jerry Springs on charges of accessory after the fact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor while. She says two 14-year-old suspects, a 16-year-old and 17-year-old male were also charged with accessory after the fact.

Police are still looking for a motive, but Weary says witnesses told officers an argument between two groups on 5th Avenue led to the incident. 

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