Drive-by shooting injures 2 at funeral at Nashville church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A shooting in Nashville on Saturday injured two people as they and others walked out of the church from the funeral of a woman who was fatally shot earlier this month, according to police.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said the afternoon shooting happened outside New Season Church, where a funeral had just concluded for 19-year-old Terriana Johnson. The hearse was parked out front with the back door open and people were leaving the church when the shots started, Aaron said.

Police say they are looking for a black late-model Honda Civic with a temporary tag from which one or more shooters fired as the car drove by, hitting an 18-year-old woman in the leg and a 25-year-old man. old man in the pelvis. None were considered life-threatening injuries, Aaron said.

Some attendees at the funeral for Johnson — who was not a member of the church that hosted — were armed and fired back at the car, Aaron said.

The shooting occurred before Johnson’s body was brought out of the church, according to police, and her funeral took place later in the afternoon.

Authorities are still searching for a 17-year-old charged with criminal homicide in Johnson’s Nov. 14 fatal shooting in Watkins Park. Police allege the teenager opened fire on a car Johnson was driving after Johnson and the suspect’s sister were involved in a fight moments earlier.

Aaron said the shooting “appears to be kind of a beef between two groups of people,” but not necessarily between members of the two families.

“This was just a brazen shooting,” Aaron told reporters. “These individuals have absolutely no regard for human life.”

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