Shooting near Notre Dame leaves one injured as school, hospital lock down

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Law enforcement officers look over the campus as students are released at Notre Dame High School on Tuesday.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Law enforcement officers look over the campus as students are released at Notre Dame High School on Tuesday.

One person was injured Tuesday afternoon after shots were fired behind and adjacent to Notre Dame High School, according to officials.

When police arrived around 2:30 p.m., Chattanooga officers discovered a victim suffering from a gunshot wound, Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson Keaira Turner said in an emailed statement. The victim was transported to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Students were on lockdown while officials secured the perimeter and began leaving the building shortly before 4 p.m.

The incident did not involve any Notre Dame students or members of the school community, Will Musto, Notre Dame High School's director of communications, said in an email.

Chattanooga police confirmed this was an isolated incident from the school, Turner said.


"Our faculty and staff responded as they were trained and our students as they were instructed in an exemplary manner, and all members of our campus community are safe and accounted for," Musto said. "We are grateful for each of the law enforcement agencies which responded to the situation and kept our students, faculty and staff safe."

The police presence led to a delayed dismissal, the school said in a social media statement.

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Chattanooga police responded to the scene near the 2700 blocks of Vermont and Parkwood avenues around 2:45 p.m, according to Hamilton County 911 dispatch.

Multiple agencies are canvassing the surrounding neighborhood to ensure everyone's safety, dispatch supervisor Josh Hood said by phone.

CHI Memorial Hospital, about half a mile from the school, was also placed on a precautionary lockdown due to heavy police presence, spokesperson Karen Long said by phone. The hospital had not yet reopened as of 4:30 p.m.

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