Chattanooga Police Chief addresses city council over latest shooting

Several residents additionally express gun violence concerns to council members

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy first expressed her condolences to the families of the incident tonight when addressing all in attendance at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

While she says there still isn’t enough evidence to prosecute anyone yet, she wanted to reassure that CPD is doing all it can to find who’s responsible.

In response to the latest Chattanooga mass shooting, several residents addressed their concerns about the rise in local gun violence to the council.

“I am shocked and dismayed by the videos that I have seen online through multiple resources that show a large presence of people on McCallie Avenue right in front of Parkridge Hospital,” said James Brantley, a concerned resident. “I can not believe there was no police presence before that incident happened.”

“Our kids are not getting any disciple, no respect, [learning] how to obey — they’re not teaching that anymore,” said Vietnam Veteran Henry Slate

Murphy revealed that a camera on the corner at Mary’s Bar was not working at the time of the shooting.

She told city council members that she does not believe the malfunction will leave an impact on the case.

“It did not at all stall the investigation,” Murphy said. “We still have very good leads that are leading us towards identification of the suspects in that matter. But that’s a problem that I have to own up to and we’ll fix for the future.”

District 7’s Raquetta Dotley says gun violence goes beyond Chattanooga, but that progress can only be made if addressed non-partisanly as a community.

To the community, Murphy understands residents’ concerns but says they shouldn’t lose their faith in local law enforcement.

“The only way we can begin to stop these issues or prevent these issues is to let those who consistently do these crimes — let them know that the community’s not standing for it anymore,” Dotley said. “We’re tired of it, we’re not standing for it.”

“Those violent acts were isolated incidents between basically an acquaintance type of a crowd and I don’t want people to lose hope about Chattanooga because that’s not the face of Chattanooga, it’s just got the most attention,” Murphy said. “We’re going to do whatever we can to make sure we bring those cases to resolution.”

In response to recent shootings, Murphy says CPD will have a greater presence surrounding the city’s “entertainment zones” this summer.

Both Murphy and Dotley asked residents and locals, if you have any information concerning this past weekend’s activity, to report it to the Chattanooga Police Department.

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