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Shots Fired into Vehicle Parked at School Fields

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Jackson police are investigating a morning shooting resulting in damage to a Jackson-Madison County School System maintenance truck.

Investigators said were called to the Jackson Madison County School Sports complex property located off of Hollywood Drive around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. Officers said a JMCSS employee told police that he was outside the truck putting trash in a dumpster when he heard gunshots. According to police, he then noticed that the truck had been struck. Investigators said the victim immediately got into the truck and drove to safety.

"We're just lucky he wasn't struck by the bullet and he was able to get away and call us before anything more severe happened," said Lt. Phillip Stanfill, Jackson Police Department.

Police said the work truck had been struck three to four times. Officers on the scene said at least one of the bullets was stopped by the worker's toolbox placed just behind the passenger seat.


"That just seems kind of odd somebody firing on an employee doing his job," said resident John Crawford. "It's kind of sad that people can't go to work without being shot at, it's really kind of sad."

The man did not see anyone shooting but believes the shots came from the direction of a wooded area near where he was parked.
The opposite side of the wooded area borders a portion of the
neighborhoods connected to the west Old Hickory Blvd. area, according to police.

"Yes it's unfortunately kind of out character, usually shots fired calls come in at night instead of during the day," said Lt. Stanfill. " The shots came from the west. There's a wood line to the west and that's the direction where he's saying he heard the shots from."

Police are asking if anyone saw suspicious activity in this area or has
information on this case to contact the Jackson Police Department's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS).

Submit a cyber tip at 424tips.org and click on “web tips”.
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