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Cleveland residents want troubled party venue gone

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -

Vickie Ledford's home sits directly next to the Luv 2 Dance Studio's property. She can hear and see everything that happens there.

"I wouldn't feel safe unless it was closed down now," Ledford says.

Early Sunday morning she awoke to gunshots.

"I mean we heard several shots, eight or 10 shots," explains Ledford.

"I heard a pop pop pop pop pop. I jumped up, me and my wife both did," says neighbor Roger Webb.

Some of the bullets went through a nearby home, which sits right next to the venue. The man who lives there says his children were sleeping, one of the bullets nearly hit his four-year-old son.

"Three bullets went through his house," says Ledford. "If that building hadn't been there, would it have gone through mine? That's my concern."

Investigators found 10 bullet casings on the property. Each one leading them closer to the trigger man.

"We do have a person of interest that we're looking at," Officer Evie West says.

Cordarrius Dewon Cochran is wanted on 10 counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police say another shooting happened at the same venue on the 4th of July weekend. Channel 3 reached out to the business owner, Ora Teague, she refused to comment.

"I don't want to hurt her business either but I fear for us staying here now in this neighborhood," says Ledford. 

According to nearby residents, Teague rents the venue out for BYOB events. Officers say close to 300 people were there the night of the shooting. Many of them were likely from out of town.

"We have a lot of people that have been coming from Chattanooga to these parties. It has created a lot of distress for the city; it's caused a lot of problems," West says.

Those who live nearby have made it clear, either the venue goes or they do.

"I'd much rather see it shut down to tell you the truth," says Webb.

Police say the business owner asked for more security that night because of the recent crime. Officers were in the area and heard the gun go off.

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