Driver crashes into building after shootout - WKRN News 2

Driver crashes into building after shootout

Posted: Updated: Oct 17, 2012 9:32 PM
Davon Hicks Davon Hicks
Charles Cartmell Charles Cartmell

A woman working inside of Precision Plumbing said if she had not heard gunshots seconds before a car crashed into her office she may not have survived.

Danielle Krantz, 26, was in her office at the plumbing company on the corner of Whites Creek Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard when a Dodge Charger slammed into her office just inches from where she was sitting.

"[I] and another lady were sitting in there talking and we heard two gun shots," Krantz said. "So of course right then I moved over to get into the corner and right then the car crashed into my desk."

Krantz and the other woman in her office, Julia Tuttle, 38, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"My reaction was to just get up and get out," Krantz said. "There was something spewing from the car and it was smoking. I just wanted to get out."

The incident started out as a shots fired call to Metro police Wednesday around 1:30 p.m.

Witnesses reported hearing shots as the driver of the Dodge Charger, Charles Cartmell, 30, and the driver of a Pontiac G6, Davon Hicks, 24, sped down Old Hickory Boulevard side by side, bumping each other, until both vehicles struck Precision Plumbing Company located at 7101 Old Hickory Boulevard.

Both drivers fled on foot but were quickly apprehended.

A citizen reported that Cartmell had hidden something in a nearby culvert.  There, officers found more than one pound of marijuana.

Cartmell had a handgun in his pocket and a second handgun was recovered nearby.

Cartmell was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash.

He faces felony drug and weapons charges upon his release, police said.

Police said Cartmell has a previous drug possession conviction.

Hicks was interviewed and released.

No one was struck by the gunfire.

Krantz and her fiancé Donald Harlow returned to the scene to see the damage Wednesday evening. Both were thankful Krantz escaped serious injury.

"It hit around my waist, my hip and then on my arm and my wrist," she said, "but, I had no broken bones so I am good."

Krantz continued, "I am five weeks pregnant and I have a wedding on Sunday."

Krantz planned to return to work on Thursday and Precision Plumbing planned to reopen at its regularly scheduled time.

Workers used plywood and a bulldozer to secure the hole left in the building by the Dodge Charger.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

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