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Detectives Investigating Fatal Shooting at RiverChase Apartments



East Precinct detectives are investigating Tuesday night’s shooting that claimed the life of Michelle Gardner, 35, and injured Rico Jordan, 39, outside the RiverChase Apartments in the 600 block of Joseph Avenue.

Detectives are working to determine who was the intended target of multiple shots fired in the victims’ direction at 8:30 p.m. Jordan and Gardner reportedly do not know each other. Jordan reported that he was walking toward the apartment building to visit a relative when shots were fired. Gardner, who was sitting on the stoop of the apartment building near her unit, was struck in the head. She was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she died. Jordan was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Evidence at the scene indicates that multiple shots were fired from a nearby parking lot. According to witnesses, the suspects are described only as young black men who wore all black clothing. They fled on foot after the shots were fired.

Anyone with information about Gardner’s homicide is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.