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Nashville neighbors worry about ongoing crime along Murfreesboro Pike

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Posted at 9:17 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 07:03:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Nashvillians who live and work along Murfreesboro Pike say the violence is getting out of control. On Tuesday, two bystanders were injured in a shootout between two groups.

"The first two years were the worst two years and it’s not going to stop; it’s getting worst and worst and worst," said Samone Sobhy, who works in the area.

It was just last week, not too far from the shootout crime scene, that a separate shooting sent another innocent bystander to the hospital.

Sobhy and his co-worker Sam Samir, who work nearby at a neighborhood market, say the violence is nothing new.

"My wife, my kids they’re scared for me because I’m in this area, I’m working in this area," said Samir.

The men say the crime is getting worse as the years go on. And they say the people that are hurting the most from the violence are not the criminals.

"Everybody is losing now; the clients, the workers, the people, the business, everything is losing," Sobhy said.

They’re asking how many more people have to get shot in order for them to get the safety they’ve been asking for.

"How long are we going to wait until we see some difference in this area," Samir is asking police.

They say they need more police in the area.

"We the need the police department to stop everything, to clean it because if this is going to get worse than this we don’t know where we’re going to be there now."

If you know anything about the recent shootings the Crime Stoppers numbers is 615-74-CRIME. A reward is being offered in the case.