Angela Newman has been homeless since June 2021 and has lived in an encampment on Chattanooga's 11th Street by the Norfolk Southern rail line for six months.
"I got really depressed, mental issues, and I didn't handle it properly and got in trouble," Newman said, explaining how she ended up on the street. "It was kind of depressing. I was away from family. I'm not from here. I'm not even from the state."
Having moved to Tennessee from Alabama, Newman and her fiance, Eric Stone, were two of a handful of lingering residents gathering up personal belongings as they prepared to vacate the property on Wednesday. Stone uses crutches, having been recently shot just outside the couple's tent, Newman said.
"It was an argument between him and another gentleman ... he left, came back and shot him right in the femur," Newman said.