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Monday, June 23 2014, 09:47 PM EDT
Chattanooga Police: Differing Motives in Rash of Weekend Shootings
Four shootings over the weekend have Chattanooga police and the community searching for answers.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday one of the shootings was gang-related, and a couple of the others were motivated by robbery.
The first shootout unfolded on Jasmine street overnight Saturday, then at the Elements of Chattanooga apartment complex and South Orchard Knob Avenue Saturday night, and finally East 14th street.Four shootings ... all motivated by different reasons.

"Guns are being used too much to hurt people in Chattanooga, and that's one of the reasons I'm here is to try to help us be as safe as we can," said Fletcher.

Fletcher reacted by telling others to be proactive about it.

"I was out this weekend after these shootings, personally meeting with the families of these victims, asking them please call us when you see something that looks unusual or looks crime related," said Fletcher. "Call us. Let us handle it."

Last year, Tennessee was ranked a dangerous state in the South, according to FBI crime statistics. The report showed there were 643 violents crimes per 100-thousand people, followed by South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.

In Chattanooga alone, police said 56 gang-related shootings occurred this year, which is down 20 percent from 70 shootings this same time last year.

But there's more work ahead, according to police.

"At the risk of sounding a bit trite, we did not get here overnight. We're not going to get out of here overnight," said Fletcher.

The chief said the number of shootings will fluctuate through the year, but that doesn't mean the crimes are solved any faster when the volume isn't high.

But Fletcher said to solve the crimes police need to be trusted with information neighbors have.

Police haven't made any arrests yet for those shootings, Fletcher said.

By Briona ArradondoChattanooga Police: Differing Motives in Rash of Weekend Shootings

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