Multiple shootings near US college

By Brendan O'Brien And Suzannah Gonzales Time of article published Jul 16, 2015

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Chattanooga - There have been shootings at multiple places in Chattanooga, including near a US Army Reserve center and a Navy recruiting center in the Tennessee city on Thursday, and a police officer was hit by gunfire, officials and local media reports said.

There have been several shootings at several different locations,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman John Harmon. “It's a fluid situation,” said Harmon, whose agency was helping local authorities.

“We've got an officer down,” Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke told reporters, calling it a “very terrible situation.”

The US Navy said it was investigating a report of a shooting at a Navy recruiting center in Chattanooga.

A witness at a glass company near the Navy facility said the area was on lockdown, with the shooting starting at about 11 a.m. (1500 GMT).

“We have heard multiple shots fired,” said Marilyn Hutcheson of Binswanger Glass installation and repair service. “It's very scary ... right now it's a very fluid situation,” she said.

Lee University, in Cleveland Tennessee, about 30 miles (50 km) to the northeast, was on lockdown, the school said on its website. It advised people to stay inside until further notice.


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