MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Murfreesboro police are investigating after a 19-year-old was shot, killed, and thrown from a car about a mile and half south of Middle Tennessee State University’s campus.
Officers responded to the University Ridge apartments on South Rutherford Boulevard just before 7:30 p.m. and found the victim, now identified as Jaylin Pritchard, deceased in the parking lot.
Witnesses said he was thrown out of a car, which was then quickly found by Murfreesboro police at Rogers Park, about half a mile away.
According to police, witnesses at the park said three people got out of that car and entered another, possibly a gold Toyota Camry.
Police believe he was shot in a vehicle parked in the parking lot near the 1000 building. Police added Pritchard lives in Memphis and was in Murfreesboro for the day to conduct business of an unknown nature.
The Murfreesboro Police Department is continuing its investigation.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.
This is the third homicide in Murfreesboro within the past three weeks. There were a total of six in 2016. Police said even one is one too many.
Last week, Chief Karl Durr gave News 2 a list of the apartment complexes with the most calls for service in Murfreesboro. University Ridge was among them with 140 calls to police between January 1 and April 30 of this year. Six of those calls were regarding shots being fired.
One of those calls was in January when two students at Middle Tennessee State University were hit by stray bullets when gunfire erupted after a large party.
The police department recently announced plans to focus on the apartments with the most calls for service, saying they’re a drain of resources and the privately-owned complex owners need to have more accountability.
News 2 reached out to University Ridge to see if any changes have been made in terms of security. A spokesperson told News 2 they’ve made the following changes:
- Courtesy officer assistance available 24 hours a day
- Hired Murfreesboro police officers to patrol at designated times throughout the week.
- Reduced hours for the basketball gym for it to be open only during University Ridge office hours, so staff can monitor its use
- Requested Access Towing & Recovery to increase its patrol of the property to remove any vehicles that are not registered as a resident vehicle or not parked in guest parking
- Encouraging residents to attend our safety seminars
- Continue to monitor and enhance, as needed, security cameras located around the property