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Two teens shot on North Hawthorne Street, neighbors in fear

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Two teenagers are recovering after another shooting on city streets. Neighbors tell Channel 3 they believe the victims were targeted and that the shooting was gang-related.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on North Hawthorne Street.  Neighbors on North Hawthorne St. tell Channel 3. multiple gunmen walking on foot opened fire shooting Malik Blakstock,18 and a 16-year-old girl getting out of a car with a group of friends. Police say the two teens were taken by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"I come out I see a guy laying on the ground screaming for his life and a girl was leaning back on the car shot with blood running down everywhere," said neighbor Jasmine Glover.

Glover tells us she immediately took cover with her newborn baby and 4-year-old daughter.

"Innocent bystanders could have got killed last night, it was certainly like they was shooting to kill that's the best way I can describe it," said Glover.

Neighbors said they heard more than 15-20 shots fired. At least 3 homes and 2 cars are riddled with bullet holes.

"We just heard a bunch of shots, about 14 at least 14 and there were all different caliber," said neighbor Timmy Newson

Newson who called 9-11 says one of stray bullets hit his house and narrowly missed his wife.

"It was about a foot... it's really about a foot away. She was sitting in the middle of the sofa and that's about where she was sitting, she would have been sitting right in here," said Newson.

Neighbors tell Channel 3, the gunmen ran down Hawthorne Street getting away. People living on the street say they're worry the shooting is gang related.

"Bullets don't have eyes it's not worth it and your setting yourself up to fail by not speaking out," said Newson,

Until the suspects are caught, neighbors say they want police to increase their patrols.

"Last night I seen like 1,000 police cars but today I havn't seen anybody come by and try and check on the neighborhood... I just ask for more support," said Glover.

So far police have not released a suspect description. When asked if patrols have increased in this area, officials tell us CPD has increased their patrols and officers are on high alert.

"Officers, in addition are utilizing community outreach, crime suppression and investigations in the area affected by the acts of violence," said Kyle MIller, Chattanooga Police Dept. Media relations.

If you know anything about this crime that can help investigators call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. 
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