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Police investigate shooting on Roanoke Ave

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting on Roanoke Avenue. It happened around 11:30 Saturday night in the 800 block. Police say a man was hit by bullets.

One woman in the neighborhood did not want to go on camera or have her house shown for fear of her safety but tells Channel 3 her house was hit by bullets Saturday night.

People who live in the area say they are tired of the violence and something needs to change.

Pieces of crime tape still blow in the street where police say 20-year-old Charquel Applings was shot.

Too scared to go on camera, one neighbor tells Channel 3 a bullet came crashing through her bedroom window.

"You don't know when you're going to hear shots. I don't know where they're coming from or what. But there's plenty of shots going on through here," says Mary.

Mary, who does not want to use her last name, has lived in the Churchville community for almost 30 years and says a lot has changed.

"The music goes so loud it jars the pictures on your wall. I can't hear my TV for that loud music out there," she says.

"The guy that, one of the victims was being shot at was running through my yard. I don't blame him, I'd run too," says Bobby Thien.

Thien called 911 after hearing the shots. He says it is not the first time a shooting has hit close to home.

"A year ago my son got shot in the back," says Thien.

His son was okay and the suspect was caught. He says sadly, he has gotten used to hearing gunfire.

"You can hear them, the shots are here or over on Citico. You can hear them, they echo all through here," he says.

Thien says most of the violence is the result of crime trickling out of surrounding neighborhoods. He says he has been told there just is not enough manpower to patrol the streets.

"What can we do to stop them? If there's no cops patrolling, they ain't going to stop them."

He says something needs to be done before an innocent bystander is killed.

"It's frustrating. We all bleed red. They're shooting each other, but why?"

Police believe this was a targeted shooting. They are still looking for the suspects. The victim is expected to be ok.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525.

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