Family, officers nearly hit by gunshots from neighbor firing at paper targets

The man claimed to not know his bullets were reaching a nearby driveway where a family was playing basketball.
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 8:44 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Metro Police arrested a man for shooting at children that were playing basketball outside their home in the woods southwest of Nashville.

According to the arrest affidavit, MNPD officers were called to a home on Poplar Creek Road after a family reported gunshots in the direction of their property on Wednesday night.

Three people at the home told officers that bullets began hitting their driveway and the trees surrounding their home and feared they could be shot, according to the arrest report.

While interviewing the victims, the officers heard more bullets flying over their heads, placing them in danger, the report states.

The officers found the shots were coming from a house on the other side of the woods on McCrory Lane, according to the report. Upon arrival, two individuals exited the home to meet the officers. One of these individuals, Kyle Peebles, 19, admitted to firing at paper targets in his yard.

The report states that Peebles told officers he did not know there was a house through the wooded area behind his targets. The officers determined his action to be reckless in nature and placed him under arrest.

Peebles was booked late Wednesday night and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of reckless endangerment, and underage drinking.

Neighbors said they heard the shots being fired and were concerned because no one had warned them they planned on shooting.

“We do have people that go hunting, with a permit of course, but it’s not like it’s a small war zone,” Robert Qualey said.

Metro code does not allow anyone to fire a gun anywhere in Davidson County unless they are at a permitted shooting range, legally hunting or defending property.