9-Year-Old Shot In Back At Fireworks Show, Injuries Not Critical

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jul 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:33:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 9-year-old suffered non-critical injuries from a gunshot wound while downtown with her parents for the fireworks show.

Detectives said the young girl, identified as Ella Smith, was visiting with her parents from Mississippi, when she was struck by a bullet in the back Saturday night near 1st Avenue South and Korean Veterans Boulevard.

Authorities said she began to feel discomfort in her back. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where they found a small caliber wound.

Officials said the bullet was believed to have come from some distance away. They added it appeared to have traveled downward meaning someone possibly fired a weapon randomly into the sky. 

According to reports, a separate shooting also occurred downtown and left one man injured. Police said they believe this was also a case of someone randomly firing a gun in the air.

Authorities said that man was also taken to the hospital and was expected to be okay.