Neighbors Fight Against Recent Crime In Donelson

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Neighbors Fight Against Recent Crime In Donelson

CREATED May 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Donelson neighbors said they have been terrorized by shootings and armed robberies for over a week, and now with police help, they are fighting back.

After moving to Nashville from Knoxville two months ago, one couple got an unwanted welcome just outside of their Donelson condo. Two boys, who appeared to be teenagers, tried to rob them.

"He pulled out a gun and said, 'give me your purse,' and of course by then we were just throwing out stuff at him," said the woman who wants to remain nameless.

The couple said they tossed a purse, wallet and cell phones on the ground; the boys picked them up and ran off.

"You know it's upsetting, but at the same token we weren't hurt," she said.

While incidents like this are not common in this area of Donelson, neighbors said they have been happening more often.

Sharon Melman has lived in her home for two years.

 "I've been here two years and this is the first time that we've had any kind of incident and it's been four in eight days," Melman said.

Since last Monday, the area has dealt with a police search for a suspected murderer, an armed robbery and two shootings.  

"It's very scary, especially when you're sitting outside and you hear them and they are so close," said Melman, who is currently organizing a neighborhood watch for people living near the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Timber Valley.

“The biggest thing I am hoping to accomplish is let those people who are shooting, who are robbing, that we are taking our streets back and we're watching," she said.

Right now, police have not linked the four incidents together, but the investigation is still ongoing.

For now the couple said they aren't letting this one bad experience frighten them away and leave us all with advice.

“I think the best thing to do is give them whatever they want, don't jeopardize your physical body in any way."

Police said the shooting Monday happened after a man was attempting to sell a gun online-- agreeing to meet someone in the Donelson neighborhood for the exchange.

He said once he arrived a group of men approached him in an attempt to rob him and he fired in self-defense.

A man was admitted at a nearby hospital for a gunshot wound, but police said until they know what happened, both people are victims.

Police said the shooting is still under investigation.