Chattanooga, TN – All of the victims from a “targeted” shooting in downtown Chattanooga are of the age 9 or younger.
The victims consist of a 9-year-old girl, a 4-year old boy, and a 2-year old girl.
Information is limited on the status of the children, but the Chattanooga Police Department expects all to survive their injuries.
The father of the children was not said to have been hit by the gunfire.
WRCB reports the shooting happening around 11am Sunday morning on Oct. 11.
The gunman opened fire near the intersection of Chestnut and West 8th Streets in broad daylight, and investigators are reportedly surprised at the lack of tips coming in.
In a Facebook Live video, Mayor Andy Berke said that the father and children were leaving a birthday party when the gunman fired upon the vehicle.
“It makes me angry. No one should accept this. I don’t accept it. We can’t let this be a something that our city just writes off as another incident,” Berke said.
In the past 5 years, Chattanooga Police have seen 103 shootings in the Downtown and Southside area.
According to FOX17, business owners in the past have threatened to leave the Southside because of the violence.
In response, Police Chief David Roddy has been working with Southside businesses to increase local safety.
Chattanooga Police are encouraging downtown businesses to check their 11am security camera footage from Oct. 11, and to call the Homicide Tip line at 423-643-5100 with any information.
Tips can remain anonymous, even through the CPD mobile app.
The CPD says that the public is not in danger but the search for the suspect continues.