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Chattanooga Police investigate weekend shootings

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Two Chattanooga men were shot this weekend, totaling four this week in the city.

A man was found shot to death early Tuesday morning. Friday, a teen was the target, but is recovering. Saturday night a man was shot in a parking lot. Sunday morning, another man says he was shot during an attempted robbery.      

Police are keeping busy investigating shootings throughout Chattanooga. They are not saying if these latest shootings are considered gang-related, but regardless, people living in those neighborhoods say it's enough to keep them and their kids from going outside, especially at night.

"It was about eight shots. It woke me up out of my deep sleep," Jonathan Leftwich said.

Leftwich lives off Dodds Avenue, where Sunday morning 22-year-old Darrell Martin told police he was shot in the leg by a 20-something man trying to rob him in a parking lot.
 
"It's crazy. I mean you can't even walk to the store no more, so I really don't know what to do," Leftwich said.

This shooting was in plain view of where 28-year-old Desmond McClure was shot to death Tuesday on East Main Street. Police charged Andrew Wilson Junior with criminal homicide, but neighbors say that doesn't make them feel any safer about violent people still walking the streets. They're keeping their kids indoors.

"I don't let them play outside. I take them to a recreation center," Leftwich said.

"Police are doing their job and stuff, but it's like it's a no win situation out here in the streets," Michael Moore said.

Moore grew up on Arlington Avenue, which was the scene of another shooting Saturday night. Kids now play in the same parking lot where 37-year-old Corey Gillespie was shot and injured.

"My homeboy got killed," Moore said.

Moore's friend, Melvin "Brando" Fennell was gunned down on his front porch, also on Arlington Avenue, two years ago. He says now he's never shocked at what happens, but tries to stay out of it.

"It's best just to walk away, but people don't see it that way out here," Moore said.

Chattanooga Police say they've worked 43 shootings so far this year. Thirty-six were non-fatal. Seven were fatal. The ages of victims vary. Friday, a 16-year-old boy was the target outside the Emma Wheeler Homes. He's recovering as police investigate leads on the suspect who fled by car.

"Get something more for these young kids to get into so they can stay out of the street," Leftwich said.

Investigators ask that if you have any information on Friday, Saturday or Sunday's shooting, call the Chattanooga Police Department.

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