Stray bullet misses Murfreesboro man's head by inches - WKRN News 2

Stray bullet misses Murfreesboro man's head by inches

Posted: Updated: Aug 4, 2013 09:13 PM

A Murfreesboro man said a recent shooting in his neighborhood hit too close to home. 

Jeffery Blackman was standing in his kitchen last Friday when a stray bullet entered the side of his home on South University Street and went just a few inches over his head. 

"I heard a ping and a whistle sound over my head," Blackman said. "That's when I dropped and hit the ground."

Blackman said that shooting is just the latest of many this summer in his neighborhood.

He said about half a dozen homes on his block have been struck by stray bullets in the last eight months.

"Some families didn't know what they were getting into when they moved here, " said Blackman.

Blackman is not the only one on his block who is fed up with the gunfire.

Raeleigh Smith, who lives just down the street, has already been the victim of gun violence. She was shot in the face during a convenience store robbery 12 years ago.

Smith said hearing gunfire outside her home at night is too much to bear.

"It's very scary," Smith said. "Every time I hear a gunshot, I am on the phone to the police."

Since that stray bullet struck Blackman's house, neighbors said Murfreesboro police have stepped up patrol and has increased their presence in the area.

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