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Witnesses call teen shooting "random act of violence"

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB ) -- A teenage girl is fighting for her life. Police say she was shot in the head outside a home on Bennett Avenue.

It happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday on Bennett Avenue. Police say they're following leads, but no arrests have been made. The 13-year-old girl is in critical condition. Family friends say she's in a coma. Witnesses say it was a random act of violence.

Neighbors says there was a block party going on with families lining the streets for a few blocks surrounding Bennett Avenue. That's when a girl came running through the crowd yelling.

"She was like 'I need some help. Somebody is trying to get me.' We were telling her please go ahead on because we have a lot of kids out," a witness who wishes to remain anonymous tells Channel 3.

The witness describes the horrifying scene that left the street blood-stained.

"Next thing you know you heard 'pop, pop, pop.' All we saw was this baby just fall on the ground," the witness said.

She said she's afraid to be seen on camera.

"Retaliation. Because, after all, we don't even know why they even shot, or who they were shooting at, trying to get at. We still don't even know who they are," the witness said.

She says she didn't see the shooter, but says the 13-year-old victim was shot in the back of the head and thinks the bullet may have come from Willow Street.

"She was sitting right here and my niece was sitting right here. so they had to be shooting from up that way somewhere in the alley," the witness said.

Now she says an innocent girl is fighting for her life.

"Never been in any kind of trouble at all. Came from a good household. Now only thing we can do is pray for this baby because she's in a coma. Its sad. It's just so sad," the witness said.

While some neighbors take to Facebook saying it's not surprising, and that it happened outside a "troubled home," others say that's not the case, that this couldn't have been prevented.

"Its not common, not usual, not typical, and I'm really shocked and saddened to hear about that," neighbor Jay Craven said.

"She was an innocent bystander. We do not know who they were shooting at. We do not know the little girl that was running down the street. Our family is just a victim," the witness said.

Police haven't released the victim's identity. They say they have suspect leads, but they're being very tight-lipped about the investigation.

If you know any info that may help find the shooter, call Crime Stoppers at (423)698-3333.

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