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Emotions run high after shooting near school

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Chaos ensues outside of Howard High School as the students are placed on lockdown after a shooting.

Police say 18-year-old Courtney Birt shot and killed a 16-year-old on Carr Street two blocks from the school.

"Kids need to be in school. Not on the streets. You still on lockdown? I don't want to say anything else right now," says Principal Paul Smith.

Senior, Ronald Wigfall, was in class when everything happened.

The announcement came over the loudspeaker the school was on lockdown.

He says the staff kept everyone calm and students rushed to social media to find out what happened.

"Well it is bad because you can't walk from school without being hurt."

Students and parents exchanged hugs outside the school after word of shooting spread.

Norman Turner says he received a text from his wife to get to Howard and pick up his daughter.

"I'm not just concerned for my daughter but for other parents because this is something that needs to be dealt with."

Emotions ran high near the crime scene as police work to get the crowd out of the street.

Parents say the issues with violence and young people need to be addressed by the schools sooner than later.

Darlene Calloway says, "It is everywhere and it is a shame young people are hurting each other over silly stuff."

"They need to bring back the truancy officers and the curfew because kids have too much time on their hands," says Turner.

School will be in session Wednesday morning.

Principal Smith is expected to make remarks on the shooting at that time.


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