NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The past week in Nashville is being described as deadly. In 10 days, seven people have been killed by the pull of a trigger.
The group Partners in the Struggle gathered Sunday night in prayer following the surge of recent violence.
“We are tired of the violence, we are tired of the crimes, we are tired of the senselessness,” founder of the non-profit Earl Jordan told News 2.
While it was a small gathering, Jordan’s goal was still met.
“We wanted to make sure that we can pray this thing out and speak on it, but put God in existence and I think if we do that, he’ll take care of the rest,” he explained.
Jordan is one of many searching for answers following the violence. The latest victim, 27 year old Brandon Jones was killed Sunday morning in the courtyard of the Tony Sudekum Apartments in South Nashville.
“I feel like it got worse, it’s not even safe to have your kids outside because they don’t care,” neighbor Tangy Beard told News 2.
As police were working the scene, so was our News 2 crew when more gunshots rang out. Our crew ducked between cars while police searched for the shooter, who is now on a list that’s growing.
Christopher Sparks was laid to rest Sunday afternoon after being shot Wednesday near the intersection of Ed Temple Boulevard and Buchanan Street.
Sparks’ family is grieving as the search continues for his shooter in what police say appears to be a road rage incident.
“Nothing like that should ever happen. I can’t imagine the type of person that would do that. It’s terrible, but not in this town. This is a great city,” said Sparks’ brother Jason.
The vice mayor has called a special hearing on gun violence. It will be held Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. before the regular council meeting.
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