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Vice mayor holds public hearing on gun violence in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

City leaders with Metro Council met for the first time on Tuesday for a public hearing on growing gun violence in Nashville.

Vice Mayor David Briley called the special hearing after hearing that a tourist had been shot and killed in downtown Nashville.

Briley said he realized violence in Nashville is becoming all too common and too many murders are going unsolved.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson and Metro Health Director Bill Paul were both called to give statistics and reports about gun violence.

In the last five years, more than 1,500 people have been shot. Briley said it’s not just a police issue, but also a public health issue.

This was the first of several planned meetings. Briley said he wants the next meeting to be in J.C. Napier Homes to discuss the gun problems in that community and how to remedy them.

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