According to officials, shots are being fired as police respond to a barricaded subject on the second floor of Tony Sudekum Apartments, a public housing complex in Nashville, Tennesee, with at least one Metro Police officer shot and currently being hospitalized.
The initial shooting was first reported 7 AM. The buildings have been evacuated with area schools on a lockout, including Johnson Alternative Learning Center, Cameron College Prep and Napier Elementary. Despite the lockout, classes are said to be continuing as normal.
One family is said to be sheltering in place as police said their building was unsafe to evacuate. The Nashville Public Library will host those evacuated.
According to WSMV, one mother has said that her children were “holed up for hours inside their apartment before police were able to get them out safely;” she added that they have become “desensitized to the sound of gunfire around their building because it happens so often.”
At this time, it is believed that at least 20 patrol cars initially responded to the apartment complex shooting.
According to The Tennessean, police spokesman Don Aaron said that, according to a preliminary investigation, the shooter was firing shots into the ground outside an apartment near a woman and a child, before he went into an apartment and locked himself inside.
One shoulder was struck by a bullet in his shoulder, but it is believed to be non-penetrative. Aaron later confirmed:
“The bullet did not enter his body.”
The officer is currently being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. At this time, people are being asked to avoid the area.
UPDATE: According to Fox 17, the gunman has been identified as Justin Jones. The officer shot was also identified as Gerry Hutcheson. The woman who was near the shooting with her child was identified as Jones’ girlfriend.
Fox 17 explained the situation more in-depth:
“Police said Jones was seen on surveillance video armed with a pistol and firing his gun with his 11-year-old daughter next to him outside the apartments at about 7 a.m. Jones then barricaded himself inside an apartment, police responded and the situation escalated.”
“This is apparently started after an argument between Jones and his wife. Police say Jones’ wife and daughter are physically okay and in communication with police.”
“Jones is a convicted felon and has criminal histories in Tennessee and Ohio.”
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as made available.
Tony Sudekum Apartments Shooting Photos & Videos
BREAKING: Barricaded suspect firing shots from second floor of Nashville apartments: http://bit.ly/2si63Yh
Posted by WZTV FOX 17 News, Nashville on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
UPDATE: Police give update after a suspect barricaded himself inside a residence at the Tony Sudekum Apartments. One Metro officer was hit by a "non-penetrative round" http://on.nc5.co/2E77ezk
Posted by NewsChannel 5 Nashville on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Tony Sudekum Apartments Shooting Updates
Officer just told me to stay back so “I’m not in the line of fire”. Active shooter situation at the Tony Sudekum Apartments pic.twitter.com/Z2LRnC0QsM
— Kim St. Onge (@KimKMOV) February 7, 2018
BREAKING: The barricaded suspect has reportedly fired shots the SWAT team, who returned fire https://t.co/ARZz6HNswX
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