Murfreesboro neighborhood plagued by gunfire - WKRN News 2

Murfreesboro neighborhood plagued by gunfire

Posted: Updated: Aug 4, 2013 11:13 PM
Raeleigh Smith Raeleigh Smith

Less than 24 hours after neighbors reported to Nashville's News 2 that half a dozen homes in one Murfreesboro neighborhood have been struck by stray bullets this year, gunfire rang out in broad daylight on the same block.

Raeleigh Smith lives in a Habitat for Humanity house on South University Street.

During what appeared to be a high noon shoot-out Sunday, a bullet penetrated Smith's mailbox.

"This is very scary, because I don't want anything to happen to myself or the rest of my family," Smith said.

Twelve years ago, Smith was shot in the face during a robbery. Now, every time she hears gunshots outside her home, the memory of the tragedy comes flooding back.

Smith can no longer work because of brain injuries sustained in the shooting.

The shooting on Sunday, however, could be just the motivation she needs to pack up and move, like many other neighbors have already done, to avoid further violence.

Smith's mother, Robin Listhartke, thinks it was a mistake for Habitat for Humanity to build so many homes in the neighborhood.

"Well, I was skeptical even then, but they said they were cleaning it up, things were going to improve," Listhartke said. "Now, I want her out of here."

Nashville's News 2 tried to contact the Murfreesboro Police Department for comment on the issue.  As of Sunday evening, there was no response.

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