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Midtown Council: violence won't deter Brainerd renewal efforts

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A man shot while running across a Chattanooga street is now in stable condition.

Chattanooga police say 30-year-old Milton Patrick and the suspects were in an altercation in the Walgreen's parking lot on Brainerd Road. When Patrick ran across the street toward the Rite-Aid, a barrage of bullets followed and he was shot.

Despite the shooting, members of the Midtown Council say they will not let the violence deter their efforts to revitalize parts of Brainerd.

"I think it's really sad that people have to use violence," says Myra Lane.

It was a chaotic scene at the Brainerd Rite-Aid Thursday evening as investigators pieced together the shooting.

"I was very concerned because I was at work and they had not found the person and, we tried to lock the doors so they wouldn't run into the business while we were all here," says Lane.

Lane owns a hair salon in the plaza across from where the shooting happened. She has been there for 12 years. She and her co-workers say something needs to change.

"I moved from D.C. to get away from that, and I come down here to see it, here in Chattanooga and it's a shame," says barber 'Big June.'

"We're going to stay strong. If we let any little small incident that happens deter us then we wouldn't be where we are today," says Ashley Farrar.

Farrar is a part of that change. She is a member of the Midtown Council. The group has launched a campaign to breathe new life into the Brainerd corridor.

"We've taken our chunk of the pie, and we really are trying to revitalize and renew it," she says.

The Midtown Campaign is focused on putting in more pedestrian friendly sidewalks, from the tunnel down to the airport. Also in the plans are more green spaces and signage, but more importantly drawing more business.

"The more that we can get the community involved, the more that we can make it walkable and they can meet their neighbors and get to know the people in the community, the less crime will happen," Farrar says.

"I think it has a lot of potential of building back up like it used to be," Lane says.

As a business owner, Lane fully supports the effort. She says she'd like to see her empty plaza thrive again and not have to worry about her safety.

"It shouldn't even really be that way. It should be about getting together. We're trying build up this community," Lane says.

The Midtown Council is in the early stages of gathering community feedback. They're also in the process of securing grant money to make their visions a reality.

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