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Chattanooga Police Investigate 4 Shootings in 4 Days

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Just hours after families finished their Thanksgiving meals, bullets shattered through a Cherryton Drive apartment window.
34-year old, Desmond Benford was asleep inside.

Now he's at the hospital, fighting for his life.

"I heard a whole bunch of gunshots and I woke up and looked out the window and I just seen two dudes running." said neighbor Frances Fleming

Fleming says she looked out her bedroom window and saw two men run away.
Police say there are even more witnesses to the crime, but they won't cooperate.

"We need those individuals to stand up and speak out, tell us what occurred," said Chief David Roddy.

No suspect information was provided to investigators.

This is the fourth shooting police have investigated in four days.

On Tuesday, a mother of three was fatally gunned down in Alton Park.

On Thanksgiving, police were called to two shootings. A woman showed up with a gunshot wound at Parkridge East Hospital Tuesday morning. Then just before 3 p.m. police were called to Clifton Hills after Darrel Jones was found shot to death.

Overnight, just after 2 a.m. Benford was shot.

Chief Roddy says there are witnesses to at least the last two shootings.
But without their cooperation, it will be hard to make an arrest.

"Some it is a matter of fear, some it's a matter of association, some it's a matter of indifference," Chief Roddy said, "But whatever the factor is that's motivating their desire to not cooperate, that is where we need to come together as a community to address it."

Police are not ruling out the possibility that some of these shootings could be related.

"We don't believe that it's right for those criminals to be able to spend Christmas at home. They should not have that option," Chief Roddy said.

So far this year, police have investigated 29 homicides.

Anyone with information is asked to call Chattanooga police at 698-2525.

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