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Neighborhood On Alert After Shots Fired Twice

Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 20:02:20-05

Every Thursday at Drifters a group of East Nashville residents have been meeting with officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department for what's called the "crime lunch."

"It's just another way of outreach," said Metro Police Commander David Imhof. "It's just another way of connecting with the community."

For one community member there, who did not want to be identified, crime has come all too close to home.

On Piedmont Avenue February 15, someone started firing shots into a home in the 100 block of the street.

"I peeked out and all the neighbors were coming out of their homes, so I went next door and asked the girl what had happened and she told me they fired into a widow's house at the end of the street," the resident said.

Then on Tuesday on the very same block, the resident said it happened again.

"I took my phone, ran into the bathroom, shut the door and called 911," she said.  "I know they thought I was a crazy person because I was saying, 'Help, help, help! They're shooting up the street!'"

Police said the shooter or shooters left behind at least a dozen bullet holes in the exterior of the house.

"We're taking it very seriously," said Commander Imhof. "We're offering extra patrol on all three of our shifts, as well as dedicating investigators to working it, too."

That has offered some relief for the residents but not enough. They're hoping the meetings might soon bring about some leads and an arrest. 

"I'm just terrified every night that they're going to come back," said the resident. "Every time I hear a car, I think that they're going to start shooting."

No one was hurt. Police said it's still too early to say if these two shootings were related or if they're random.

They're still piecing the case together, but they did say they're working leads they feel positive about. 

Anyone with information about the shootings on Piedmont Avenue has been asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME (615-742-7463).