Chattanooga woman recovering after shooting Monday

Chattanooga woman recovering after shooting Monday

March 12th, 2012 by Beth Burger in News

Chattanooga Police Department officers work at the scene of a shooting Monday afternoon at 3206 12th Ave. A female victim was transported with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, and her boyfriend is believed to be the shooter, police said.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

A 29-year-old Chattanooga woman suffered a single gunshot wound in the right shoulder area Monday afternoon, according to police.

The shooting victim, Connie Freeman, is listed in stable condition at Erlanger hospital, authorities say.

Police suspect the shooter was the woman's boyfriend, 37-year-old Xavier Tyrone Burdette, who was last seen in a gray Chevrolet Impala, but it's unclear what led to the shooting.

The shooting happened just before 1:30 p.m. at a residence at 3206 12th Ave., according to police.

Neighbors at nearby residences said the couple had lived in the home less than a month.

The shooting marks the city's 20th shooting with injuries so far this year. This time last year, there were 12 shootings.

At least two of this year's shootings have been related to domestic violence.

Last month, 34-year-old Elizabeth Hardnett was shot to death allegedly by her husband, 50-year-old Robert Hardnett. Hardnett turned himself in to authorities after the shooting and confessed, saying he suspected his wife was cheating on him, according to reports.

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