Nurse shot, killed along interstate in Nashville

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Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 26-year-old nurse who was employed with Saint Thomas West was found shot and killed inside an SUV along Interstate 440 in Nashville Thursday night.

A Metro Parks officer discovered Caitlyn Kaufman’s gray Mazda CX-5 in the westbound lanes between the Hillsboro Pike and West End Avenue exits just before 9 p.m.

The officer stopped to assist the vehicle, believing it was a single-vehicle crash, but then discovered bullets had been fired into the SUV, according to Metro police.

(Photo: WKRN)

Kaufman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Metro police said she was on her way to work at Saint Thomas West before her shift began at 7 p.m.

Detectives believe she was running on time and she was shot between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Investigators are asking anyone traveling I-440 Thursday night during these times who may have seen something out of the ordinary to call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

The roadway was closed to traffic while investigators processed the scene. It reopened around 3 a.m.

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(This story was originally published on December 4, 2020)

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