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UPDATE: Woman found fatally shot in Renaissance Park early Sunday

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UPDATE: Chattanooga Police have identified the woman who was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Renaissance Park. 

Police say 45-year old, Kathy Hardy, was found on a pier in the park shortly after midnight Sunday. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Police returned to the Chattanooga Riverfront Monday to investigate the shooting death of an Alabama woman. 

Officers responded to reports of a person shot early Sunday. Investigators found the woman's body on a pier, overlooking the river around 12:25 a.m. 

Still, visitors to the park are eager to learn more about why a woman who moved to the Chattanooga area just two weeks ago,  was found dead. 

"I'm quite shocked that this happened so close to my home, but yea I wonder what was the story behind it and if they find out what it was."

Police have not said who called 9-1-1 to report a shooting shortly after midnight, but that call led officers to Renaissance Park, where they found the victim. 

"Oh my God, I'm getting the shivers," said resident Verena Bossdorf. " No I didn't hear that." 

It's surprising news for those living near the park and students who spend time there. 

"It's just kind of scary because we're all walking around here all the time," said student Chelsea Conner. "It just seems like such a safe little area and to hear something like that, it's kind of alarming." 

Police are waiting to release the woman's name. Family members tell Channel 3, she moved to the Chattanooga area a few weeks ago. They say she was a loving wife and a mother who wouldn't hurt anyone.  

They are working closely with police as visitors to the park raise questions about safety. 

"That's really horrible and devastating," said park visitor Jan Bode. 

"I wouldn't expect something like that to happen here," said Tamiha Meriaz. 
 
The Chattanooga Police Department did not grant interviews on this case Monday, saying there is no new information to release. Investigators did say, based on their interviews with witnesses and those close to the case,there is no threat to the people who live here or the people who visit the park.

Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call the department's newly established Homicide Tip-Line at: 423-643-5100. 


Early Sunday morning, Chattanooga Police officers responded to a person shot call on River Street in Renaissance Park. 

Police say they and Chattanooga Fire Department, searched by land and water for an extended period of time and found a woman's body on a pier in Renaissance Park. Investigators say the woman had succumbed to her injuries via gunshot wounds. 

CPD says their investigators have made contact with witnesses and people who may be connected to this crime. Investigators say there is no immediate threat to the public at this time. If you have information about this crime call police at 423-643-5100.

The victim's name will not be released until next of kin is notified. 

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