UPDATE: Republic Parking has posted a warning sign in the parking lot across from Coyote Jacks where five people were shot on Sunday morning.

The sign says the parking lot will now close from midnight to 6:00 a.m. each night.

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Vehicles that are left in the parking lot after those hours will be towed.

On Facebook, Coyote Jacks posted the following message:

This is how Republic Parking plans to remedy the crime that happens in the parking lot located across from our establishment. We feel that this does not help. We are working with Chattanooga Police to find a much more positive approach to reducing the crime that happens in the area. We also hope that this is a temporary fix for them. We have been told that cars will be towed by Republic Parking if you are parked there after 12am. We feel this is counterproductive and only causes more trouble. Anyone who wants to cause harm will just go to other lots and do what they feel they need to do.

Please feel free to park anywhere around the area that you feel safe and come and party with us! We hope to see you all very soon!

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PREVIOUS STORY: Last weekend's shooting of five people was the fourth such incident in 18 months to happen outside Coyote Jacks. The popular Southside bar is partially owned by the mayor's uncle.

Mayor Andy Berke, who is known to hold press conferences or tweet about violence in our city, has remained quiet on this latest shooting and now said he is recusing himself from making any city decisions related to his uncle's business.

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When Channel 3 attempted to ask the mayor about how the city will address the violence, we were stopped by his communications director and then by the mayor's deputy chief of staff.

“It's an ongoing investigation and per department policy, we do not comment on ongoing investigations,” said Richel Albright.

Both cited the police department's "ongoing investigation" as the reason Mayor Berke walked away.

“I think you guys are trying to treat this like it is something exceptional. If there was an open investigation about an officer we wouldn't comment on that no matter the circumstances. If there was 50 people shot we wouldn't be doing it,” said Kerry Hayes, deputy chief of staff.

But a Channel 3 archive search shows Mayor Berke has commented on ongoing investigations in the past. Berke tweeted the day after 21-year-old Cachet Peterson was shot and killed outside another popular bar, the Southside Social.

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In 2016, the mayor agreed to a sit-down interview to discuss the murder of Bianca Horton. 

Thirty minutes after the mayor walked away from our camera, a spokesperson with the mayor's office called Channel 3 to apologize and offer the following statement:

“The incident in question is still the subject of an open investigation by the Chattanooga Police Department; therefore I cannot comment at this time. Furthermore, as the property where this incident occurred involves a family member of mine, I have explicitly requested to Chief Roddy that I remain recused from any decision-making whatsoever to prevent the appearance of favoritism or preferential treatment in any way. The integrity of CPD’s work is my top priority. We will continue to work on comprehensive, community-wide strategies to reduce gun violence throughout Chattanooga.”

Berke has recused himself in connection to his uncle's business before. When a man was shot and killed outside Bella Vita in May of 2016 the mayor released a similar statement. The bar later changed names, becoming Coyote Jacks.

Chief David Roddy’s office confirms Mayor Berke recused himself from discussion of this latest case at a meeting on Wednesday. We have attempted multiple times to reach Ronnie Berke over the phone and in person.

Councilman Erskine Oglesby represents the area where Coyote Jacks is located. He said there is a meeting scheduled with him and the police department to discuss options and long term solutions to keep the neighborhood safe.