NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Police Department's Violent Crimes division is investigating an attempted home burglary that took place early Tuesday morning.
Officers responded to a shooting call around 7:50 a.m. in the 3000 block of Andrew Jackson Way.
Police report that a father woke up to the sound of glass breaking in the bedroom of his young son and near the front door of their apartment. The father got his firearm and opened his bedroom door.
He saw an unknown man standing in the hallway of the apartment. The father shot at the man nine times, striking him once in the jaw and neck area and possibly three times in the chest. Several bullets that missed also traveled into the apartment across the hallway.
The still-unidentified break-in suspect was transported to Vanderbilt Hospital and is suffering from life-threatening injuries. He is currently unconscious, intubated, in surgery and in critical condition.
Police say it could take weeks for the man to wake up, if he does at all.
The father told the police that he has no connection to the suspect. Metro police said that the father fired at the suspect in fear and out of self defense.
People living nearby heard the gunfire. Peter Olson lives in the building adjacent to where this happened. He said it's scary because he has kids of his own. He was worried they could've been hit.
"I thank god because you hear about it all the time, a stray bullet hitting someone," said Olson. "That's my world, my children. I don't know what I would've done if something like that would've happened."
Police said they were interviewing the father. However, they haven't been able to talk with the suspect because of his injuries.
Investigators believe the shooting was an act of self defense. In such a case, the suspect would face burglary charges.