Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke on Tuesday spelled out a top priority of his Public Safety Committee and the police department.

"Ultimately, my focus is on stopping the shootings," the mayor told committee members during their first meeting. "Every shooting affects the community. They make people feel less safe in their neighborhoods."

Year to date, the city has had at least 70 shooting incidents with 85 victims. This time last year, there had been 49 shooting incidents with 57 victims, records show.

Listening to Berke were familiar faces around the table. The Hamilton County district attorney general. The U.S. attorney. The police chief and the sheriff. And the big problem confronting this group also was familiar. Gun and gang violence.

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