Morristown mayor reacts to weekend shootings in Hamblen County

MORRISTOWN (WATE)- Two shootings happened within 24 hours of each other in Hamblen County over the weekend.

Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney says this isn’t normal for the community. Chesney says it’s important to remember the two shootings were not related.

“It’s not something that happens very often here. When you see irresponsible usage of guns the results are usually not good,” said Chesney.

The first shooting happened on Friday night. A 16 year-old was shot and killed. She attended Morristown-Hamblen High School East.

“A 16-year-old girl in the middle of a high school career, this is a tragedy,” said Chesney. “A tragedy that unfortunately happens in a number of places in our country almost daily. Friday night, it happened here.”

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On Saturday, another teenage girl was shot. The 19-year-old girl’s condition is unknown, however, she is being treated for neck injuries.

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The suspects of the shootings are in custody.

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