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CPD says shootings rise during fall break

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The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating four separate shootings over the weekend leaving six victims injured and one man dead.

It started around midnight on Friday, when police found Robert L. Ellison III, 18, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at the 1200 block of Houston St.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Chattanooga Police investigating shooting on Houston Street

On Sunday, Geonta Gaines, 21, and Antwain Edmonds, 19, arrived at Erlanger Hospital with gunshot wounds from a shooting at the 3700 block of Ohls Avenue.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Two men hurt after shooting on Ohls Avenue

On Dodds Avenue, Sunday night, a male and a female were shot in a car by a suspect driving a Dodge minivan.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Two people show up at hospital with gunshot wounds

But the violence turned deadly around 2:32 Sunday morning, when Jimmy McCane, 33, was found dead across the street from Jay's Bar on Wilder Street.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Victims identified in homicide on Wilder St.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said McCane was an innocent bystander who was caught in the crossfire of two people who had a disturbance at the bar.

"We are frustrated and angry that a man was killed in our community but we wont let that be the end of this. We are going to work to make sure that family receives the support it needs," Fletcher said.

As of now, investigators don't believe the shootings are connected.

According to Fletcher, fall break is historically one of the most violent weeks of the year. It's why CPD created a new anti-crime initiative called "Most Violent Weeks Intervention." It allows officers to patrol hot spots in the community based on information from their regional and federal partners. A step to help officers stop the violence in the community.

"What this tells you is that your Chattanooga Police Department and their partnership in fighting gangs is absolutely in the fight and we're taking the fight to these gangs on your streets. What it should also tell you is you have criminals in your community, in our community that are so committed to committing violence that they'll do within sound shot and sight of police officers."

A problem he says stems from the jail.

"Our jail is not built to support the numbers of people we're putting in jail, particularly for this violence," Fletcher said. "Since April we have put away a number of very violent, very brazing criminal gang leaders. They get involved in fights in jail. Those fights then bleed over into the streets and erupt in violence in the streets."

But it's a problem that continues to tear families apart.

"What's heartbreaking is when those successes see setbacks and a mother loses her son over tragic violence. Anybody's loss is everybody's loss and we take that personal," Fletcher said.

This week, Fletcher plans to bring in more officers from other areas to help patrol the streets.

This weekend's shootings are all still under investigation.

There have now been 30 homicides this year.

Officers said they are planning to bring in possible suspects for questioning for at least one of the shootings.

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