Stray Bullets Strike Murfreesboro Homes

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 28, 2016

Murfreesboro police officers continued to investigate a shooting that sent a stray bullet into a home that was struck by a stray bullet.

It happened before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night in the 400 block of South University Street near the Patterson Park Community Center. 

Melissa Oden said she was lying on her bed when she heard a barrage of bullets outside her mother's house. She heard at least 12 gunshots. 

"It sounded like fireworks," Oden recalled. "My first thought was get off the bed and get on the floor."

One of the bullets entered her upstairs bedroom and traveled through the hallway and bathroom before it lodged into the wall of her brother's bedroom.

Her mom, brother and his friend were in the house at the time of the shooting but no one was injured.

Oden said the house was struck by stray bullets a little over a year ago. A second bullet could still be seen in her room. 

The gunfire also struck at least a couple of other homes in the area, according to the neighborhood watch program.

Faye Short is the head of program and showed NewsChannel 5 a neighboring home with three bullet holes in the second floor and bottom windows. 

"Our families, our lives and homes are at stake," Short said. 

Short was with her kids when she heard the gunshots but they never struck her home. Residents along SOuth University Street agreed that gunfire have plagued their community. 

"Nobody fights anymore, they don't handle with fists they shoot and apparently they don't know how to shoot," Short added. "That's the problem we're having here."

Short also had bullets enter her home before. She said she wants a more proactive response during overnight hours to help prevent further damage or injuries. 

Detectives were called out to investigate Wednesday's night shooting. 

If you have information, call Crimestoppers at 615-893-7867.