Mayor Berke says the city has a problem with youth violence after Coyote Jacks Shooting.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – With this shooting, comes a rise in questions about the violence among our young people.

Since the the shooting, there have been questions about where ownership stands with Ronnie Berke, the mayor’s uncle.

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Mayor Andy Berke issued a statement saying he’s heart broken for the families but,

He also says because the establishment involves his family member, he recused himself from any decision making.

Mayor Berke also joined us on News 12 this morning.

He said he personally has no connection with Coyote Jacks..but he acknowledged the city has a problem with youth the Sunday morning incident.

“Too many people have access to too many firearms and the will to do something bad with them, and when you have young people who have very few problems solving skills..they don’t know how to resolve their conflict..and they’ve got a gun in their pocket…bad things happen and we see that frequently in our city,” says Mayor Berke.

We’ve tried multiple times to get a statement from Coyote Jacks and Ronnie Berke about where his ownership stands but we have not heard back yet.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.


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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at