Woman Caught In Crossfire Of Gun Battle At Public Housing Complex

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 19:14:35-04

Just after officers at the North Police Precinct changed shifts Thursday night, gunfire erupted at nearby Cumberland View Public Housing Complex.

"One group of people was shooting at another group of people across a distance," Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said. 

According to officers, people were shooting at a distance of 250 yards, and in all, about 50 shots were fired. "When I was in the bed, I heard all them gunshots, and I jumped out the bed," Octavia Pinkard, a witness said. 

"The community as a whole was put at risk by this gunfire. The kids, the moms, the dads, the families. People were put at risk by these persons choosing to come over into Cumberland View on Thursday night and start shooting," said Aaron. 

Police said 58-year-old Linda Nelson was shot in the chest while sitting on a bus bench. She was rushed into surgery and was listed in serious but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Friday.

Investigators have been going through MDHA's surveillance footage to try and find the gunmen responsible for putting an entire living complex in danger.

"Surely, a lot of them were still outside at 11:30 when this gunfire erupted. We have one witness who talked about seeing two persons running quickly to a red vehicle and a silver vehicle," Aaron explained.

To read more about this shooting, click here. Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.