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Nashville averaging more than a shooting per day in 2023

WZTV - Nashville 2/6/2023 Jackie Delpilar
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The latest data from Metro Nashville Police shows there’s been an average of at least one shooting per day in the new year, with 38 shootings in 36 days.

It’s a heartbreaking statistic for community activist Clemmie Greenlee who lost her own son to gun violence in 2003.

“That should be shameful to Nashville,” Greenlee said.

Part of Greenlee’s work includes a support group for mothers who have lost children to violence, Mothers Over Murder. With each shooting, she prepares for a new mom to join the group.

Police data shows there’s been 14 murders to gun violence in Nashville so far this year.

“Just really angry that I’m fixing to have to pull out probably about 9, ten more chairs at my Mother's Over Murder group,” Greenlee said.

MNPD says at least three people were shot in Nashville just this week, including a shooting in Bordeaux that left one person dead and another injured.

Police continue to investigate a shocking attack in Green Hills Monday night.

Officers say two men attacked and shot a 26-year-old woman out for a walking her neighborhood. The family of the victim said she is a Harpeth Hall Alumnae who is preparing to enter her final year of medical school.

Police arrested one suspect and are searching for one more as the woman recovers in the hospital.

Police say the suspect in the Green Hills shooting has a lengthy criminal history and was out on bond for another crime at the time of this shooting.

He’s now in jail held on a $1.3 dollar bond.

Greenlee says every instance of gun violence in heartbreaking. She’s calling on the community to step up and help with anti-violence programs to help prevent shootings before they happen.

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