Clarksville residents react after 6 people were shot within hours of each other

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Six people were shot dead within hours after a series of gunfire erupted in Clarksville on Saturday night.

“I mean it’s not something you would expect,” said Jesse Harris, a Clarksville resident. “You look around like nice cars, nice houses and… you wouldn’t expect that sort of thing. ”

Some residents said they were a little more on their guard after three shots were fired within a five mile radius.

The first of three shootings occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night in the 100 block of Union Hall Road, where police said a man was shot in the leg and taken to hospital.

The second shooting erupted around 2 a.m. Sunday on Liberty Bell Lane.

“I’ve been here for about a year and a half,” said Kimberly Holland, a resident of the Bell Chase neighborhood. “It’s usually very quiet, you just hear the kids playing outside. Nothing crazy has happened here.

Holland remembers hearing a car alarm go off outside his house and looking outside.

“I opened the front door and the kid walking across my yard, I say 18 or 19 year old kid, something like that,” Holland said. “He says ‘someone got shot.’ And then I stood there for a few minutes watching, and there was a whole line of cars trying to get out of the neighborhood. ”

Police report the incident turned into a shootout involving a policeman after a policeman found someone holding a handgun. The suspect was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“I mean it’s always concerning anytime something like this happens, but I guess it’s an isolated incident just because, again, it has never happened before, and j ‘hope it doesn’t happen again,’ said Holland.

About an hour later, police responded to a fatal shooting in the 900 block of College Street that claimed the life of 31-year-old Dashawn Kelly.

While police have not said the shootings are related, locals hope they are isolated incidents and will not become common in Clarksville.

“I think everyone should take responsibility for their own safety,” Harris said. “I feel like everyone has a right to defend themselves by whatever means necessary, and I really hope that doesn’t happen in a neighborhood like this.”

Anyone with information about any of these shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 931-645-CONSEILS.

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