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East Jackson Family Fears Gun Violence After Shooting

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - One East Jackson family said they are living in fear after gunshots rang out, Saturday.

Jackson Police are investigating a shots-fired call on Lexington Avenue. Investigators said they received calls from residents who heard more than eight gunshots in their neighborhood around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Resident Laquala Jones said she spotted a man hiding next to a tree in her backyard after the shooting, and believes the shots came from her back yard.

"I mean it was so close I was scared that a bullet would actually come through the window and injure my babies or me," said Jones.

Jones said she was home with her three young children. After hearing the shots, she grabbed her kids and took cover away from the windows in her hallway.

"The second round was maybe seven or eight bullets," said Jones. "I got a two-year-old that's never heard that and he was screaming at the top of his lungs. I didn't know if they were going to come through my window or my door."

Jones' son, eight-year-old Javion Jones, said he is used to hearing gunshots in his neighborhood and is afraid of guns.

"It was scary, I turned the TV off and I turned my game off, and I got under my covers and started hiding," said Javion. "You never know about the bullets, some of them can be small and you don't see them and then they can just come right through you."

Javion said he wishes the gun violence would stop, so that he can play outside with his friends.

"It's not fair because sometimes when people start shooting, you have to come in the house," said Javion Jones.

Jackson Police said they are investigating. So far no arrests have been made.

Jones said many families are concerned about the level of gun violence in their neighborhood and how it is affecting their children.


"Their worries should be their work right now, not bullets," said Jones. "So I'm trying to protect them as much as I can."

If you have any information, call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400.

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