Community leaders discuss gun violence in Nashville

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nashville’s Vice Mayor David Briley called for a public hearing on Tuesday to discuss gun violence in Nashville.

Councilman Freddy O’Connell represents District 19 and some parts of town that have recently made news for violent gun related crimes.

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First a Los Angeles tourist was shot and killed in downtown Nashville’s entertainment district.

Then, two men went on a crime spree a few days after that incident. First, the suspects robbed one man, then later shot Dietrich Minor in an attempted robbery.

That crime also happened near downtown.

News 2 recently spoke to Dietrich’s mother, who explained the extent of her son’s injuries.

“Took out one kidney lacerated the liver so they stitched him up,” she said.

“I understand why people who live, work and play in Nashville or downtown might look at that and say where did this come from?” said O’Connell.

According to the report, from 2010 to 2015 police received reports from more than 1,500 people shot.

In 2016, so far there have been 211 reports.

That means right now Nashville is on track to have 281 gunshot injuries reported to police by the end of 2016.

That is slightly under the five year high reported just last year.

“We need to understand a little bit about some of the special episodes, even in the context of statistics. The statistics might not be extraordinary but some of the details of these events are definitely problematic,” said O’Connell.