Law enforcement works the scene of a shooting Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in the 500 block of South Kelly Street in Chattanooga, Tenn. One male was shot and transported to a hospital.

This story was updated Aug. 14 at 11:45 p.m.

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Man shot on South Kelly Street


A man was shot on the 500 block of South Kelly Street just before 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to Chattanooga police.

Lt. Daniel Jones said Langdon Strickland, 33, was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. His injuries were described as life-threatening in a Monday evening news release.

By 2:15 p.m., police had placed in the street several yellow markers showing where shell casings and other pieces of evidence had been found, according to Chattanooga Police Department spokesman Rob Simmons.

A nearby neighbor, who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, said she was shaken up by the shooting.

She and some friends were sitting on a porch when they saw a grey Jeep drive slowly up Kelly Street. The vehicle came to a stop before someone fired 10 or 11 shots, she said.

It all happened so fast, she said. She ran inside as soon as the shots were fired, but her friends ran to help the man who was shot.

"They knew him and were friends. They all went to school with him," she said. "My friend told me she saw blood running down from his head."

She said she moved to Chattanooga from Chicago and was used to the violence there. But in the five years she's lived in Chattanooga, she had never been as close to violence as she was Monday.

"I'm tired of this violence," she said, nervously jumping as thunder clapped from a passing storm. "It needs to stop. People are scared to just be sitting on their porches."

She called for community members to organize marches against the violence in hopes of ending the fear community members live with.

"I have to sleep here, and I'm scared they may come back," she said.

The Violent Crimes Bureau is investigating the Monday shooting, and police ask anyone with information to call 423-698-2525.

Contact staff writer Rosana Hughes at or 423-757-6327. Follow her on Twitter @HughesRosana.

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