Man with disabilities nearly hit by stray bullet in Murfreesboro
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
Folks in one Murfreesboro neighborhood say it's common to hear gunshots outside their homes, sometimes two to three times a week.
Now, one man says that gunfire hit a little too close to home, and he is grateful to be alive, after a bullet whisked right past his head, while he stood in the kitchen.
"This is the worst I've ever seen it," Jeffery Blackman said.
Blackman was putting the finishing touches on some last minute food items around 11 p.m. last Friday, for his brother's birthday party, he was hosting the next day.
"This is where I was standing, when I heard the shots," he said, standing in his kitchen.
In all, he said, he heard nearly a dozen gunshots.
"All of a sudden, I heard a ping-like and quick whistling sound. That's when I knew a bullet was coming through," he said.
One of the bullets penetrated two walls of his bedroom, came through the kitchen cabinets and ended up stuck in the living room wall, as he ducked for cover.
"I just dropped and hit the floor," Blackman said.
Blackman has disabilities and had a kidney transplant 16 years ago. For nearly 50 years, he's lived within a four-block radius of his University Street home. And over the years, he says things have gotten worse.
"It kind of hit home now," he said.
Neighbors said within the past six to eight months, at least five houses have been hit by gunfire. Some residents have already moved out, and others have their homes for sale.
"Unfortunately, a bullet has no name. It doesn't have eyes, and when it's fired from a gun, it's lethal," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans.
Police say they have stepped up patrols, trying to curb crime in the neighborhood.
Two days before Blackman's encounter, police arrested Quincy Wade, 32. He's a convicted felon, who had a gun on him.
"He had just gotten out of prison, and was on parole, when he was caught with this gun in the neighborhood, in the same place, where this shooting happened," Evans said.
Blackman said he's concerned about the gun play between criminals, especially with so many children, who play outside nearby. He's already seen one little girl get caught in the crossfire.
"A little girl sitting on a bike, in my driveway, was shot in her leg," Blackman said.
He's just thankful no one was hurt Friday night.
"I'm a little more fearful, than I had been," he said.
Witnesses told police they saw a man running into an alley on Sun Circle, shortly after the gunfire stopped. They were only able to give a generic description of the suspect.
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