Police: Celebratory gunshot hits man in chest during Nashville fireworks

(Courtesy: City of Nashville)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was shot while watching the fireworks display for the Fourth of July in downtown Nashville.

Metro police say they believe a celebratory gunshot into the sky came down in the area of Broadway of Fifth Avenue at 9:40 p.m. when the 48-year-old man was hurt.

The victim, Paul Lickteig of Michigan, reported he was watching the show when he felt something hit his chest.

According to a press release, Lickteig initially thought someone had thrown a water bottle before he noticed blood on his shirt.

He was treated and released from the hospital Wednesday morning. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center told police the bullet entered the man’s pectoral area in a downward trajectory.

Metro police say neither Lickteig nor his wife reported hearing gunfire or seeing anyone in the area with a weapon. Surveillance cameras also don’t show any evidence of gunfire.

News 2 spoke to a witness who said she was watching the fireworks and Lickteig grab his chest.

“I literally thought he was having a heart attack,” Kelly Crosslin said. “He lifted up his shirt and he was bleeding, and there looked to be a round hole in his chest.”

Authorities said the gun could’ve been fired into the sky from blocks way.

The same thing happened two years ago when a stray bullet injured a 9-year-old girl during Nashville’s fireworks show.