NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Police are investigating a shooting that occurred overnight Saturday outside a bar near Music Row.
Officers on the scene said several people were kicked out of the 3000 Bar on Demonbreun Street as a fight broke out. Shots were fired and someone in an apartment across the street was hit.
Further investigation led to the arrest of 28-year-old Jonerica Johnson.
Johnson and others in the group she arrived with, were asked to leave after an argument. After leaving, Johnson pulled out a pistol from her clothing and allegedly started shooting into the air, when one of the bullets struck a 48-year-old woman inside an apartment across the street. The woman was sleeping on a couch when the bullet entered the apartment and struck her. The victim was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she was treated and released.
Johnson was taken into custody and charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, disorderly contact, public intoxication, and possession of a handgun while under the influence. Johnson is free on a $10,000 bond.
This comes almost seven months after MNPD increased its presence in the Midtown area of Nashville due to a recent uptick in crime. There have now been four shootings on the street since last April.
In August, Metro Police Chief John Drake said the department was adding more officers in the area, going from around three to four to eight total. The department also added its mounted horse patrol and DUI/aggressive driving units.
Drake said the department also has a camera system in the area – called SkyCop – that monitors vehicles and people as they come and go.
Drake said while these resources will help address the area’s immediate needs, the department is looking at long-term concerns, as well.
MNPD is also still searching for four suspects connected to a shooting in the same block in early 2021.