Weekend of violence in Chattanooga

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 8/20/2013 6:28 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - This past weekend was anything but quite for many folks in Chattanooga.

Flashing police lights, crime scene tape and paramedics rushing to save victims covered in blood was the theme on the streets of Chattanooga several days ago.

The latest round of violence started early Saturday morning when according to police, Lebron Brown,24, attempted to run down an officer with his car. The officer shot him in the arm. Brown is now facing attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault charges.

Later that day, police were called to the intersection of Fagan and East 40th St where four people were shot following an altercation. Moments after the shooting, officers captured Latrell Walker, 28 and Telvin Douglas, 23. Both men were booked on multiple counts of attempted murder and a host of other serious charges. Two of their victims remain in critical condition.

Late Saturday night, a heated argument in downtown Chattanooga turned bloody when a man was beaten and stabbed in front of eyewitnesses at Miller Park.

"The guy went after him and knocked him down then started stomping him. Then he reached into his pocket and then the next thing we knew he was down on top of the guy hitting him but we thought he was just fighting the guy," said John-Paul Meadows who saw the action unfold.

Soon after posting each story of violence on the WDEF Facebook page, followers started submitting comments that questioned how the violence is effecting Chattanooga's image.

Crystal writes: "Chattanooga is turning into a horrible place."

Donna writes: "Chattanooga is beginning to be the town you want to move away from."

Christy writes: "Almost to the point of not visiting Chattanooga at all."

They may have a point. According to Neighborhoodscout.com, on a crime index scale of 1 to 100; 100 being the safest, Chattanooga has a crime index ranking of 3.

WDEF tried to get comment from Mayor Andy Berke about the city's image problem but he was unavailable for comment.
WDEF did learn that the mayor will be hosting the first coordinated safety council meeting next week to address Chattanooga's safety issues.


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