Residents worried about shots fired incidents


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Some Chattanooga residents are concerned about shots fired incidents in their neighborhood.

One man who lives off Germantown Road recently started collecting something that has him worried.

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“I am from the country and casings itself, occasionally you find some. But in the last four months I’ve found handfuls of spent shells just lying on the pavement,” he said.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, says in addition to these six spent rounds from firearms, he has a box full of casings that he found within the past year. He says there is other evidence, like bullet holes in street signs.

“Well, not only necessarily my safety, but I mean the community around me. It seems like every single one of these rounds I found there has been, there are two schools in the area, daycare and there has been three bus stops all within 50 to 100 yards of where I found these rounds,” he said.

Chattanooga Police say in 2017 they responded to 1,177 shots fired/person shot calls. In 2016, there were 109 non-fatal shootings and in 2017 there were 87, which is a 20 percent decrease. But some say there is still an issue.

“Every three to four weeks in this neighborhood you hear shots fired. Some people ignore it, some people don’t, bystander apathy, most people tend to ignore it,” the resident said.

This has residents on edge.

“I feel like there should be more done, you are discharging a firearm in a crowded area,” the man said.

He hopes there is change.

“It is just like why do that? You are putting yourself at risk. You are putting people around you at risk. It is uncalled for.”