JPD confirms officer shot at, neighbors react
JACKSON, Tenn. — Three days after a woman was shot in the arm on Old Hickory Boulevard, Jackson police confirmed at least one of their officers was shot at near the same location Monday night.
Investigators say no one was injured, and there was not any property damage. People who live on this street say they have had enough.
“You hear it so often,” said resident Gary Williams.
“All we heard was, ‘Pow! Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow!'” another neighbor said.
After Monday night’s shooting, many people who live on the 800 block of Old Hickory Boulevard were ready for change.
“I don’t know what else to do. It’s not going to get any better by being quiet. It’s got to start with us,” Williams said.
People say they hear gunshots about once a week. Women, who didn’t want their faces shown for their own safety, say even their kids know what to do.
“If they are outside, and they hear anything that sounds like fireworks, they call them firecrackers; they come in the house,” the women said. “But if they’re not outside, we try to not make a big deal of it. We grab our animals, and we lock the doors.”
Williams says these few people are ruining it for the rest who live in that area.
“Once you pull that trigger, the bullets have no eyes. And you know, if you want to throw your life away, good. But think about the people you hurt, because that list continues to grow, regardless of how you look at it,” Williams said.
He says it is time for people to take responsibility.
“In our neighborhood, we don’t want to get involved, but you are involved because you’re a part of it,” Williams said.
But, as of now, people have a difficult time talking about this.
“Somebody knows who is doing it, and they are part of the problem,” Williams said.
And that makes it difficult to figure out who did it.
“I wish they would do something more about it,” the women said.
If you have any information on the recent shootings, please call the Jackson Police Department at (731) 425-8400.