Police are investigating a homicide after a woman died at the hospital following a shooting Sunday night.
911 dispatchers received several calls around 8:30 p.m. Sunday about the sound of gunshots in the area of Franklin Street.
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When police arrived, they found 22-year-old Taren Lyles of Clarksville and her two young children inside her bullet-riddled car off the roadway near the intersection of Franklin and 11th Street.
Lyles was taken to Tennova Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Police say the children were not harmed despite multiple rounds shot into the vehicle near their car seats. The children are staying with family members.
Police told News 2 they are following some leads, but no suspects have been identified.
Lyles’ murder makes the 12th homicide in Clarksville so far this year. The murder rate has tripled from the same time-period a year ago.
“They’re either drug related, domestic related or just people interacting with people related,” Clarksville Police Department PIO Jim Knoll said. “We investigate crimes because they are crime, the reason will come out in court.”
According to Knoll, homicides are happening across the city.
“You virtually don’t have random homicides. Most of the time it’s some sort of interaction with somebody they know, or with somebody knew somebody they know,” Knoll said. “So, you can never predict where a homicide will happen.”
News 2 has learned because of the increased number of murders; the police department has added a new homicide detective to help with the caseload.
Marshall Schmidt said he moved to Clarksville in January.
“My wife was actually a little concerned about that especially we bought a brand-new house, so we have a security system cause we understand it was a bad part of the neighborhood, bad place this and that,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt said people don’t seem to value life anymore.
“This generation now doesn’t really care for each other they are more out for their personal gain, personal profit,” he said. “White, black, African-American, cops, it doesn’t matter everybody is out for themselves.”
Other residents are also fearful.
“It’s a scary feeling to think that you can’t be safe where you live,” Clarksville resident Eric Collins said. “I mean, you drive around, you hang out, there is a lot of things to do here in Clarksville and you feel a little scared.”
Clarksville police ask anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Clarksville Tipline at 931-645-8477.