Woman shot while sleeping on 15th Avenue; no suspect found
The woman was in her home asleep when she suffered a single non-life-threatening gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS.
UPDATE: A woman woke up to a gunshot wound and the shooter is still on the loose.
Just before 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning, police responded to 15th Avenue on reports of shots being fired. When they arrived, police were told the victim had been taken to the hospital with a single, non-life threatening injury. Investigators say the gunshots were fired from outside the house.
The home on 15th Avenue is riddled with bullets. Neighbors say the victim, identified as 42-year-old Stacie Carter, had just celebrated her birthday on Saturday and she was looking forward to celebrating Mother's Day with her family. They never imagined she would wake to a gunshot wound instead.
"In her own bed asleep and her son was in the house as well," said neighbor Shae Bonds.
Neighbors tell Channel 3, they heard more than 20 shots.
"It was around 6 in the morning and I just heard the shots and jumped up," said neighbor Aaron Washington.
The victim is expected to be okay but the suspect or suspects got away.
"That's totally unacceptable, totally unacceptable and we're going to everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen again and to make sure whoever is doing this is taken off the street," said Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold, Chattanooga Police Dept.
Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold is talking to neighbors who live near the city's recent shootings, he's looking for eyewitnesses and anything to crack the cases wide open. Four people were shot within 24 hours over the weekend, one of the victims was a security guard breaking up a fight at the Bella Vita Restaurant on Cowart Street, the father of 6 died early Sunday.
"We want the community to continue to report any shots fired they hear. If shots are being fired in your neighborhood, call the non-emergency number and let us know and we'll get out there as soon as we can to investigate. That helps us a lot as far as solving these crimes," said Assistant Chief Arnold.
Police say it's too early to tell if any of the recent shootings are connected or gang related, they're increasing their patrols in the city's troubled areas. Neighbors along 15th Avenue say they've grown tired of the violence and they fear an innocent bystander will be killed next.
"You should stop you know what I mean, other people's lives matter," said Washington.
Carter was asleep in her bed when she was shot, so she wasn't able to give police a suspect description. If you have any information that can help investigators call Chattanooga Police at (423) 698-2525.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police were dispatched to the 3100 block of 15th Avenue on a call of shots fired around 6:45 Sunday morning.
While officers were investigating the incident an officer was flagged down and notified of a victim.
The woman, Stacie Carter, was in her home asleep when she suffered a single non-life-threatening gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS.
Officials say the gunshots came from somewhere outside the home. Carter could not provide any suspect information.
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525