Murfreesboro sees increase in innocent people, homes hit by stray bullets

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – “You should be able to feel safe in your own home and be comfortable and not have to worry about bullets flying everywhere.”

But it’s a scene playing out in several neighborhoods in Murfreesboro.

Police have been responding to an increasing number of shots fired calls in recent months.

Often times the bullets are penetrating the walls of innocent people’s homes – many coming awfully close to hitting them.

The new police chief is hoping to get a handle on this dangerous problem.

Like most Saturday mornings, Anthony Kimbrough tries to find time to relax, but this past weekend it was anything but.

“I went to put my hands on the door, that’s when I heard the gunshots, and when I heard the bullet hit my house I hit the floor,” he told News 2.

Anthony Kimbrough (Photo: WKRN)
Anthony Kimbrough (Photo: WKRN)

There was a barrage of more gunfire; when it stopped Kimbrough went outside to see what was going on.

“I came around and saw the bullet hole in the back of my house,” he said.

Back inside, he found a bullet on his dining room floor, right where his two dogs love to hang out. His girlfriend was in a front bedroom.

“It’s scary. I mean, you know, you’re at home and you’re supposed to feel safe at home.”

Kimbrough’s neighbor home was also hit by a bullet.

“It sounded like boom, boom, boom, boom,” Chanedy Brown recalled.

Chanedy Brown (Photo: WKRN)
Chanedy Brown (Photo: WKRN)

A bullet lodged in the wall of the laundry room next to Brown’s two grandson’s room.

“It scared me to death. I don’t know you might see that on TV, the bullet goes through the house, what are you going to do?” she questioned.

This happened in broad daylight at 9 o’clock in the morning. Apparently there was a dispute between neighbors that lead to the gunfire.

Kimbrough and Brown are just the latest two victims of shots fired calls Murfreesboro police have responded to. There have been dozens of similar reports since the beginning of the year.

“It’s something that will continue to plague every community across the country, and that’s why we are taking a very proactive approach here in Murfreesboro, but most importantly we need the community’s help,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans.

It’s also something newly hired police Chief Karl Durr wants to get a handle on.

“Well a bullet has no eyes; once it leaves the business end of that gun, wherever it goes, it can cause death or serious bodily injury. In many cases, it struck a person or it’s gone through a bedroom and the chief has made that a priority,” Evans explained.

National Night Out on Tuesday gave police an opportunity to meet and greet residents hoping to spread the word about how dangerous firing guns in neighborhoods.

They know it will take more than one night to curb crime.

“It takes much more than that to keep the community safe,” Sgt. Evans reiterated.

Murfreesboro police’s directive patrol has increased their presence in both marked and unmarked vehicles trying to identify the people randomly shooting in these neighborhoods.

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