BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana State University has released statements regarding the LSU Medical Student that was shot multiple times while visiting her home in Nashville.
The Nashville Metro Police are looking for two men and a dark-colored sedan after a woman was found shot late Monday night in the Green Hills area.
Officers were responding to a shooting at the intersection of Trimble Road and Esteswood Drive just after 11:30 p.m.
Officials say the woman was walking in the neighborhood when a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Avenger, passed her. The car turned around, and two males got out and grabbed her. They asked for her cell phone, and when she refused, she was punched and shot three times in the arms and legs.
“She often, you know, would go out and walk around the block or up to Harpeth Hall and back before she went to bed,” explained the victim’s father.
The woman was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was hospitalized with serious wounds.
At this time, officers are investigating the robbery as a possible motive in the shooting.
A $50,000 reward is being offered by an anonymous donor for information after a 26-year-old woman was shot multiple times while walking in Green Hills.
The family of the victim, who was to return soon to LSU for her final months of medical school, released a statement.
“We’d like to thank our friends, family, neighbors, and the entire Nashville community for the outpouring of support after the brutal attack and shooting of our daughter in her own neighborhood. The generosity and caring of the Nashville community is something special to behold. We also want to thank the Metro Nashville Police Department, the emergency first responders, and the medical team at Vanderbilt Hospital without whose heroic efforts our daughter may not have survived.Victim’s family
We are deeply saddened and angered by this senseless attack on our daughter and our community. Our daughter is an intelligent, caring, and thoughtful young woman. She has dreamed of becoming a doctor since she was very young, and is currently in her last few months of medical school at LSU before graduating and starting her residency in pediatrics. She is an honor roll graduate of The Harpeth Hall School, a cum laude graduate from Fordham University in New York, and is looking forward to a medical career helping children where she plans to specialize in pediatric infectious disease.
While our daughter’s injuries will take time to heal, this vicious attack will not stop her. Many of you have seen the video of her attack which sickens us, but you see her fighting spirit, and she will go on to share her love of medicine and love of helping children with the world. We sincerely hope her attackers are caught and brought to justice, and we again thank everyone for their support.”
On Thursday, the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans released a statement.
“LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine was horrified to learn about the attack on one of our students in Nashville. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with her and her family during this difficult time. She is in her final year of study, and we are working with her and her family to ensure that she can graduate on time.“LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine
The family has updated their daughter’s condition, as she will need extensive surgery going forward to make a full recovery.
“It’s obviously horrific and the worst thing a parent can hear is something along the effect of your daughter has been shot,” stated the victim’s father.
While her injuries will take time to heal, he says the vicious attack will not stop his daughter from going on to share her love of medicine and love of helping children with the world. He is hopeful she can stay on track to graduate within a few months.