Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department responded to at least six unrelated shootings in less than 24 hours, NewsChannel 5 reported Saturday. Meanwhile, police report a spike in violent crimes in the state’s capital.
The first shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday on Joseph Avenue at Riverchase Apartments. Officials said the 50-year-old female victim told them she was standing in her doorway when a man in a dark car started firing a gun, hitting her in her hand.
The other shootings were:
- Around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, an apartment in the 2100 block of Waterford Circle, when reports stated a man in his 20s said he accidentally shot himself one time in the thigh with a pistol.
- At 1 a.m. Saturday, in the1300 block of Bellshire Terrace.
- After 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a group of young male suspects approached another group and began shooting. Police said the victims had been hanging out near 21st Avenue South.
- Saturday, around 5 p.m., officials said a juvenile showed up at the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg from an accidental discharge.
- Around 7 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old was shot, and the suspect also allegedly took his backpack.
Murders rise 33.73 percent
The shootings come amid a dramatic rise in violent offenses in Nashville.
The police department reported that murders and non-negligent homicides rose a whopping 33.73 percent from 2016-2017, from 83 to 111. Aggravated assault with a firearm jumped 25.6 percent from 1,707 to 2,144. Robberies with a firearm increased 4.6 percent from 1,239 to 1,296.