Following the recent mass school shooting located at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, six people were shot Saturday night, May 28, 2022 after multiple parties started opening fire in the downtown Chattanooga area.
At around 11 p.m., patrolling officers heard gunshots in the Cherry Street area and upon arrival at the scene, “there was multiple parties exchanging gunshots and numerous people fleeing the area,” said police.
Multiple gunshot victims were taking to the hospital for treatment, said police Sgt. Jeremy Eames and out of the six shot, four are expected to survive while two of them suffered life-threatening injuries.
“If you know your kid has access to a firearm, you must intervene before someone, perhaps even your own child, ends up dead,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly.
Only a week later, Chattanooga was faced with its second mass shooting Sunday, June 5, 2022 after a shooting broke out at a nightclub just before 2:45 a.m. killing three people and at least 14 others left injured.
In total, 14 victims were shot while three others were struck by vehicles attempting to evacuate the scene, according to Jeremy Eames, a spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department. Among the three lives lost, two stemmed from gunshot wounds and the other from injuries sustained after the victim was struck by a vehicle, Eames said.
Motive for the shooting is still unclear, but authorities believe the shooting was an isolated incident “in which one or more of the victims were targeted.”
Involved in the same weekend, Pennsylvania was faced with its own mass shooting when police say multiple shooters opened fire into a crowd of at least 100 people late Saturday, June 4, 2022, on South Street, a famous Philadelphia drag known for its nightlife, character and vibrancy.
According to authorities, three people were killed by the gunfire and at least 11 others were wounded. Multiple handguns were recovered at the scene, but no arrest have been made.
“Once again, we see lives lost and people injured in yet another horrendous, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement on Sunday.
There have been a total of 12 mass shooting in the country since Friday, June 3, 2022, and with this equaling a total of 239 mass shooting just this year, our country, our people and the families of the ones who were lost deserve justice.