UPDATE: Chattanooga mayor comments on Sunday shooting four days afterward
UPDATE: On Thursday, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke addressed the Sunday morning shooting of five people near a popular Southside bar, Coyote Jacks.
The shooting took place about 3:30am Sunday in a parking lot near the nightclub.
Berke said in a statement issued by his deputy chief of staff:
“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.”
PREVIOUS STORY: Cell phone video shared with Channel 3 is giving us a look into the shooting that sent 5 people to the hospital early Sunday morning.
NOTE: Some may find the video disturbing and the language offensive.
The shooting happened in the Southside area of Chattanooga in a parking lot in front of Coyote Jacks. Five people in all were shot. Chattanooga Police said they all have non-life threatening injuries.
The five victims have been identified as:
- Kevin Parks
- Kandice Parks
- Keosha Strickland
- Te Shayla Yearby
- Austin Burns
The video shows a crowd of people in a dark parking lot, and you hear what sounds like gunshots for seven seconds.
There is panic from the crowd and another round of what sounds like gunshots.
"Everybody just stay down y'all, for real. Oh my god," you hear someone in the video say.
According to police, the shooting happened around 3:30 Sunday morning.
Channel 3 has previously reported on shootings in this area.
Most recently, last December, a man was shot and killed after leaving the bar.
And last May, a man fired shots about 60 feet from the bar after police said he was upset after being kicked out.
But Daniel Weaver, a spokesperson for Coyote Jack's, continues to say there's nothing they can do when customers leave to go home because they don't own the parking lot.
He said there is strict security at the bar but wants police to patrol the area more after the bar closes.
"Once they leave the sidewalk we can't get involved,” said Weaver, “We want to. We want to make sure everybody's safe, but we can't."
Weaver claims all customers were out of the building and the bar was locked around 2:45 this morning, about 45 minutes before police were called.
"We don't feel we are responsible for what happened,” Weaver urged. “We have nothing to do with this. This has nothing to do with our nightclub."
If you have any information that can help CPD with their investigation, please call the Tip Line at 423-643-5100. You can remain anonymous.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police confirm five people were shot and taken to the hospital.
It happened on the 1400 block of Market Street just before 3 a.m. Sunday. Officers say they found multiple shell casings in the parking lot.
14th street and Market will be blocked while police investigate.
No suspect information was released. Call Chattanooga police if you have any information that can help the officers. That number is 423-698-2525.