Two people were wounded by gunfire at 10:45 p.m. Monday in a parking lot in front of the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant, according to Chattanooga police and a statement from the company.

The two men who were shot, 31 and 19 years old, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening and they were taken by ambulance to a local hospital, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Jeremy Eames.

Investigators have now learned the victims were sitting in a vehicle near the 8000-block of Volkswagen Drive when they were shot, the release states.

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"Investigators believe this to be a targeted incident and are still actively working all leads," Eames said in the release. "At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that there is a continuing threat to Volkswagen employees or to the public at large."

VW officials were the first to issue a public statement on the shooting.

"We value the safety of our team and are cooperating with the Chattanooga Police Department to help ensure the security of the premises," VW officials said Tuesday in a statement.

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"The scene is under investigation. At this time, we are aware of two non-life-threatening injuries," VW officials said.

Volkswagen officials said in a follow-up email they were unaware whether any of the parties involved in the shooting were employees at the plant.

Chattanooga police ask anyone with information regarding the incident to call 423-698-2525 or submit a tip via the department's Mobile App. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Stay with the Times Free Press for more on this developing story.

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