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Friday, June 27 2014, 12:32 PM EDT
9 Shot in 8 Days; Chattanooga Violence Matter of Perception
Nine people shot in Chattanooga in just over a week, and the perception of violence around depends on who answers.

NEW: Read more about the latest shooting that happened early Friday morning here.

Some business owners near those crime scenes NewsChannel9's Briona Arradondo off camera that they are only concerned about break-ins to their own businesses, but others said the crime is out of hand.

"It's violence everywhere. Pump your gas and people (are) getting shot," said Gerald Dossett, who owns a plumbing business.

That's putting it mildly for Dossett. He said shootings are so bad that even his workers are afraid to serve certain neighborhoods.But recent numbers from police showed shootings are down 20 percent.

"I'm 45, born and raised right here. This is the worst I've ever seen it," said Dossett.

Of the nine people shot, two of them are dead, police said. The locations are scattered from Standifer Gap Road, Bennett Avenue and West 38th street. Police identified the latest homicide victims this week as Charles James King, 41, who was shot dead in a car on Bennett Avenue, and Cedric Mikes, 32, who died in a car on South Terrace Thursday morning.

The South Terrace homicide happened just several hundred feet from Pam Olson's building where she owns a logo business. She said she didn't realize the tally was that high.

"So that really brings to light that maybe it's a larger problem, a bigger issue than maybe I even realized," said Olson, the owner of Pro Logo Depot.

Perhaps there's a perception problem in Chattanooga of whether the good outweighs the bad.

"In general, I think that it's a very good place to work and live, and I'm not really frightened at this point to be out and move around the city at night," said Olson.

Dossett said the past week was like scenes out of the Wild West.

"People are locked up in their (houses), don't want to sit on the porch. I mean, it's pitiful," said Dossett. 

Others said they aren't so concerned.

"It's like anywhere. There's going to be danger. So you just have to play it smart, lock your doors and everything," said Kenly Ayres, a neighbor near Bennett Avenue.

But perception or not, Chattanooga police said it's an issue that has to be dealt with now.

"It doesn't matter if you feel it's unsafe or you are unsafe, that's important to us. And that's why we've convened a taskforce and problem-solving responses that not only directly address the actual crime, but we are doing things to make sure people feel safe in their neighborhoods, in their homes," said Chief Fred Fletcher, of Chattanooga police.

By Briona Arradondo9 Shot in 8 Days; Chattanooga Violence Matter of Perception

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