Community On Edge After 4 Teens Injured In Shootout

Posted at 2:40 PM, Oct 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 00:02:13-04

One day after a shootout that injured four teens, neighbors of the Edgehill community were on edge, hoping the violence doesn't hit their doorstep.

All four teens are expected to be okay. According to officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department, the shootout happened between two groups of teens.

So far in 2017, 15 teens have been murdered in shootings in Metro Nashville.

This time, it happened by the basketball court at the public housing complex on 12th Avenue South and Edgehill Avenue.

Police said the group of teens who were injured exchanged gunfire with a group of people who were in a car. A description of the vehicle has not been released. 

A neighbor said she doesn't feel safe being on the porch with her family.

LaQuinta Burns said, "I mean my kids can't come outside and play." 

Burns fears for the safety of her two young children, saying "Hell, what can I do different? I've been here 12 years. What can I do different?"

On Saturday, police scoured the area for suspects.

"Hell I don't know. I don't even know who the kids are," Burns said.

People walking to church Sunday gazed across the street at what was a crime scene yesterday.

Debra Gilbert said, "They gotta do something. Action. Get together and find out who has the guns, where are they buying them? How are they getting them? Pay more attention to what's happening in your household."

GIlbert said these young men need to know that violence is not the answer.

Gilbert said, "This is serious. It's serious. It's life-threatening. Life is over… and gone." 

As Debra and Richard Gilbert left for church, they had a message for those involved. 

Gilbert said, "Get your family together! Sit down and talk. Communicate! Go to church! Communicate with your families. And take this thing seriously."

In the meantime, Burns hopes the injured teens will take this as a wake up call.

Burns said, "This is not what ya'll should be doing. Ya'll should focus on school and yall's life ahead of ya'll."

Anyone with information on the shootout was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.