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Officers search a suspect vehicle on Bird Street after a stabbing at East Lake Courts on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"I just wish everything would stop."
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Officers detain a suspect vehicle and suspect on Bird Street after a stabbing at East Lake Courts on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

A man was shot late Tuesday and a pregnant woman was cut Wednesday afternoon as a week of violence continued in Chattanooga.

At least one of the incidents involved gang members, according to police, but it's unclear whether either incident is directly related to the ongoing gang war that has resulted in at least six shootings since Saturday, including the killing of a 17-year-old man and the wounding of two pregnant women.

On Wednesday, a pregnant woman was cut around 3 p.m. in the East Lake Courts housing development in what appeared to be a domestic situation, according to police.

The victim's sister, Quantearra Colvin, said the woman was stabbed by her boyfriend. The woman's injury was minor, police said.

Soon after the cutting, police took a suspect into custody on Bird Street. Officers received a description of the suspect vehicle from witnesses and were able to locate the SUV and detain the suspect without incident. The suspect's name was not immediately available.

At least 30 police cars responded to the suspect's location on Bird Street around 4 p.m. Police have been on high alert as violence has rocked the city during the last few days.

Kayla Baile, who said she is a cousin to the attack victim, said she doesn't believe the stabbing is related to the ongoing gang violence, but that the overall violence is disturbing.

"I just wish everything would stop," she said.

But the violence has showed few signs of slowing down. Chattanooga saw its 10th shooting in four days on Tuesday.

That shooting, also apparently a domestic dispute, happened at a home on East Third Street around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. Diaz Darden, 22, was shot in the hand when he opened the back door after he heard a noise in the yard.

Darden was with a woman and her son, and the woman told police that her ex-boyfriend, Averoyan Sandridge, 27, had been fighting with her for several days. He broke the glass out of her front door a few days before the shooting and then texted her to say he'd fix it, according to an affidavit.

The woman also showed police text messages Sandridge sent her in which he asked why another man was staying in her house, and her phone records showed that Sandridge called her just moments after the shooting on Tuesday.

The woman told police her son was standing in the kitchen, in the path of the bullet, and would have been hit in the head if the bullet had missed Darden's hand.

Police found Sandridge hiding inside his grandparents' house on Ivy Street and arrested the 27-year-old. He had bleach all over his hands, according to police, and seemed sweaty and out-of-breath when he was discovered.

Sandridge is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated domestic assault and reckless endangerment.

Staff writer Emmett Gienapp contributed to this story.

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or sbradbury@timesfreepress.com with tips or story ideas. Follow @ShellyBradbury.

Violent attacks since April 17

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