Woman shot at Knoxville apartments; neighbors dodge bullets

Woman shot at Knoxville apartment complex; neighbors dodge bullets

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Knoxville police say shots were fired around 12:30 a.m. at the 2200 building of Ridgebrook Apartments. Knoxville police say shots were fired around 12:30 a.m. at the 2200 building of Ridgebrook Apartments.
Ridgebrook resident Jenna Jordan shows 6 News where the bullet entered the window as well as graffiti on the building. Ridgebrook resident Jenna Jordan shows 6 News where the bullet entered the window as well as graffiti on the building.
The bullet went through her living room and into her kitchen, landing in her sink. The bullet went through her living room and into her kitchen, landing in her sink.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A woman was taken to the hospital early Friday after she was shot while sitting in her car.

Knoxville police say more than a dozen shots were fired around 12:30 a.m. at the 2200 building of Ridgebrook Apartments, which is located off Western Avenue near Knoxville College. 

Officials found the victim in her car. She was shot in the lower back after a bullet entered the left rear door of the vehicle and went through the driver's seat.

The victim was transported via Rural/Metro to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Neighbors shaken by gunfire

Ridgebrook resident Jenna Jordan contacted 6 News to report one of the bullets went through the wall of her apartment.

"It sounded like someone had stuck something in a fan," said Jordan. "It was so fast."

Jordan was just inside when the first shots were fired. Her two boys were asleep in their beds.

"I heard a big pow and I told them don't move anymore," said Jordan. "Don't move, don't do anything else. I don't care if you're in the hallway just stay on the floor."

The bullet didn't just break the window. It also ricocheted off the living room wall, went through the kitchen wall and landed in her sink.

"I need to get on my knees and thank somebody," said Jordan.

Jordan has lived here for four years and says she's heard shootings in the past, sometimes once a month.

"You can tell how often it happens. This is not something that happens just every now and then," said Jordan. "For us to have cameras facing everywhere, you'd think you'd feel a little safer, but no it's pretty much just to record what happened to you."

Three other vehicles were heavily damaged after getting caught in the crossfire and at least one of the owners agrees with Jordan, things have gone too far and its time to go.

"I am ready to move right now," said Jordan. "Today."

If she can manage it, Jordan plans to be out by the end of the day.

Police say it is unclear who the intended target was for the gunfire.

No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

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