Mass Shootings in Tennessee

We define “mass shootings” as any shooting where four or more people are shot.  Although there is a tendency to think of mass shootings as a “deranged” gunman or terrorist, the reality is those types of  shooting events are rare. Mass shootings are actually relatively common and almost all involve individuals who have a prior relationship to one another.  Many of them stem from fights or are the result of a domestic altercations.  The majority of mass shootings do not occur in “gun-free zones.” To the contrary, most occur places where guns can legally be carried.

Using data from The Gun Violence Archive and news alerts, we track all mass shootings that occur in Tennessee.

Total 2017 mass shootings to-date: 13
Total number injured: 60
Total number killed: 6
Mass shootings NOT in gun-free zones: 8 (In two shootings, it is unclear whether or not guns were permitted.)

Here are the ones reported this year:


October 21, 2017 – Nashville
Four teens were hurt in a shooting in Edgehill public housing. Police officers said the teens were hurt in an exchange of shots between them and other people in a car.
Gun free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Total number injured: 4
Total number killed: 0
http://wkrn.com/2017/10/21/4-injured-in-edgehill-homes-shooting/


September 30, 2017 – McNairy County
During a domestic altercation, four people were shot including the suspect. Three were injured and one died. Investigators said an extended family were living together in a home where the shooting took place.
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Total number injured: 3
Total number killed: 1
http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/crime/2017/09/29/1-killed-3-injured-mcnairy-county-shooting/716241001/


September 26, 2017 – Memphis
During a fight outside a Memphis barber shop, someone pulled a gun and shots were fired. Four people were injured, one critically.
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Total number injured: 3
Total number killed: 1
http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/36458731/multiple-people-injured-in-shooting-on-chelsea-ave


September 24, 2017 – Antioch
A gunman opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ as congregants gathered for worship, fatally shooting one and injuring six others.  The shooter was also injured.  No word yet on the identity of the shooter or his motivation.
Gun-free zone?: Unknown
Total number shot: 8
Total number injured: 7
Total number killed: 1
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/09/24/nashville-church-shooting-what-we-know-now/698043001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


September 13, 2017 – Memphis
An altercation on a neighborhood street turned into a shooting when someone produced a gun. Six people were shot including 35-year-old Latonia Henneghan, a mother of four. The youngest of her children is only 7-months-old. Henneghan was not involved in the fight. Additionally, a 14-year-old was hit by a car as she tried to run from the shooting.
Address: 1000 block of Morehead St
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 6
Victims injured: 5
Victims killed: 1
http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/36364405/mother-killed-6-more-injured-after-brawl-leads-to-shooting


August 21, 2017 – Memphis
Four people were shot in a drive-by shooting on a street in Memphis. The youngest victim was a 13-year-old.
Address: 262 Decatur St
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Victims injured: 4
Victims killed: 0
http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/36185341/multiple-people-shot-in-north-memphis


June 11, 2017 – Chattanooga
In a parking lot outside The Playhouse Lounge nightclub, a shooter opened fire and shot four people in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting. Two of the victims were 18-year-olds.
Address:4272 Bonny Oaks Drive
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Victims injured: 4
Victims killed: 0
http://www.chattanoogan.com/2017/6/11/349613/4-People-Injured-In-Drive-By-Shooting.aspx


June 10, 2017 – Memphis
Four people were shot during a party at a Memphis apartment complex. A man was turned away from the party and opened fire. Two men and two women were injured.
Address: 571 East Street
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Victims injured: 4
Victims killed: 0
http://wreg.com/2017/06/11/at-least-3-shot-during-party-at-memphis-apartment-complex/


March 25, 2017 – Knoxville
One person was killed and four others injured after what authorities believe was a gang-related shooting. One of the victims was a 15-year-old who was shot while sitting inside his apartment.
Address: Minnesota Avenue
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 5
Victims injured: 4
Victims killed: 1
http://wate.com/2017/03/25/kpd-investigating-shooting-in-lonsdale-homes/


February 11, 2017 – Savannah
Four people were injured in a shooting at a large party at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
Address: Clifton Road and Midway Drive
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Victims injured: 4
Victims killed: 0
http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/crime/2017/02/12/four-shot-savannah-party/97832096/


January 31, 2017 – Memphis
A fight broke out in a Memphis bowling alley. A man, described as a regular customer, left the bowling alley during the fight, got a gun from his car, and opened fire from the front door. Four people were injured in the shooting.
Address: 1576 S White Station Rd
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Victims injured: 4
Victims killed: 0
http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/crime/2017/02/01/four-injured-shooting-east-memphis-bowling-alley/97337470/


January 27, 2017 – Brownsville
Ten people were inured when a fight broke out at a high school party at the National Guard Armory. Shots were fired and ten people were injured. Two of the victims were minors.
Address: 221 Morgan Street
Gun-free zone?: Unclear
Total number shot: 10
Victims injured: 10
Victims killed: 0
http://wreg.com/2017/01/28/10-teens-injured-in-brownsville-shooting-at-national-guard-armory/


January , 2017 – Memphis
Two people were killed and two were injured when four men in a car opened fire on another group of men. Police believe the victims knew the suspects.
Address: 500 block of Delta Road
Gun-free zone?: No
Total number shot: 4
Victims injured: 2
Victims killed: 2
http://wreg.com/2017/01/21/2-dead-2-hurt-after-whitehaven-drive-by-shooting/