NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 was first on scene of Nashville’s latest road rage shooting.
Police say the shooting happened around 2 p.m. Saturday on Bell Road in Antioch. The I-24 exit ramp at Bell Road was also shut down for a while.
A Metro police officer on scene told our News 2 crew someone in a silver Nissan Altima fired shots at a navy blue Ford pickup truck, hitting the driver near their hip. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The driver of the Nissan fled the scene, speeding back onto I-24 West toward Nashville.
Metro Councilwoman, Joy Styles, represents district 32. That’s the area of south Nashville where Saturday’s shooting happened.
“We’re still in the midst of a global pandemic and crime has not slowed down. To hear about another road rage incident—it’s frustrating! It’s disappointing,” Styles said. “It certainly reinforces our need for the [police] precinct!”
For years Styles has lobbied for another police precinct in south Nashville to help cut down on the crime.
Last month Metro Council passed Mayor John Cooper’s half a billion dollar capital spending plan (CSP), which puts 15 million toward that new precinct.
Styles is also pushing for the city to approve the use of license plate scanners, which could help catch drag racers, stolen vehicles, and perhaps in this case cars involved in road rage shootings.
“I know we’re all frustrated. It’s been over a year that we’ve been on lockdown and we’ve been restricted in our movements and living our lives to the fullest. But have some patience. Understand we’re on our way back to a new normal,” Styles said. “I’m grateful that the person that was shot was not fatally injured and is going to be okay. But we all need to do better. Have more patience!”
No additional information was released on Saturday’s Bell Road shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact our partners at Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.