2 Hurt By Celebratory Gunfire During Nashville Fireworks

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 17:49:05-04

Two people were injured during Nashville’s Fourth of July celebration by what appears to be celebratory gunfire police said.  

The first incident was reported behind the Wild Horse Saloon when a 22-year-old woman was watching the fireworks show with a large crowd.  

Thousands Celebrate The 4th Of July In Downtown Nashville

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said she felt a sharp pain in her neck around 9:30 p.m. and walked to an ambulance. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where an x-ray showed she suffered a bullet wound.  

No one reported seeing anyone firing a gun.  She was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt.

In an unrelated incident, another 22-year-old was sitting on the steps of the A.A. Birch Building when her right leg was hit by something. 

She told police there were a lot of people in the area at the time. She returned home to Murfreesboro and decided to have her leg checked out at an area hospital. 

An x-ray showed that she, too, had suffered a bullet wound. Again, no one reported seeing a person fire a gun in the area. She was treated and released. 

In a third case, a Miami man reported that he was watching the fireworks from 1st Avenue North at Church Street shortly before 10 p.m. when he felt something hit his chest.  

He brushed the area with his hand and a spent bullet fell to the ground.  He received a small red mark to his skin. 

“Firing a gun into the air is extremely dangerous. The bullets can cause serious injury or death to persons a distance away,” police said in a release.

Separate from these incidents, police confirmed they arrested 11 people during the Let Freedom Sing event. Various charges were involved, including public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstructing a passageway.