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Nashville abandons ShotSpotter gunshot alert system

Posted: 6:37 PM, Dec 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-10 19:37:35-05

Nashville announced it won't implement a gunshot alert system after it couldn't reach a deal with ShotSpotter.

The gunfire locator was supposed to be installed in three areas that had the highest rise in gun violence last year. They included the James A. Cayce Homes, Napier-Sudekkum and the Buena Vista and Elizabeth Park neighborhoods in North Nashville.

The mayor's office said money was allocated by Council for a one-year pilot, but ShotSpotter required a two or three year contract.

Residents said they were looking forward to the alert system, because it would take some of the pressure off them.

"I don't feel unsafe, but I see things and I would feel safer with the ShotSpotter," said Sarah Johnson. "I would feel safer because we wouldn't depend on people reporting it."

Johnson said some of her peers fear retaliation when they call 911.

"We are afraid to even call police when we see something because you don't know how they might retaliate and as older people especially we feel vulnerable," she said.

The mayor's office said it will announce a new gun crime initiative in January and it is working to get both body cameras and the community oversight board implemented.