This story has been updated to reflect that 6 victims were wounded in the shooting and the incident occured at approximately 10:48pm EST.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (KRON) — Six people were hospitalized, two of them with life-threatening injuries, after a shooting Saturday night in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “Several” victims were taken to the hospital, the Chattanooga Police Department said in an email to KRON4. Officers said multiple parties were exchanging gunfire and numerous people then proceeded to run away from the scene.
The shooting occurred around 10:48 p.m. EST (7:48 p.m. PST) in the of 100 Cherry Street in downtown Chattanooga, which is right outside of the Tennessee Aquarium, according to a Chattanooga police spokesperson. This area is popular among tourists and has residences nearby.
Officers were patrolling the area when they heard gunshots and saw people exchanging gunfire, as well as multiple people fleeing the scene. Officers provided aid to the victims and assisted others to safety, police said. Police say most of the victims are either teenagers or in their early 20s, as there were reportedly large groups of juveniles walking around the city’s downtown area when the shooting happened.
Police said they do not believe all of the victims were an intended target. In a press release shared on Sunday, a police spokesperson said that one person of interest has been detained following the incident.
Police do not believe there is a public safety threat at this time as one person of interest was detained at the scene shortly after the shooting began.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.