Julia Shields, a 45-year-old Tennessee woman, went on a shooting spree in a quiet Chattanooga neighborhood before leading police on a high speed chase. When police finally stopped Shields, they found her clad in full body armor and a baseball cap.
The incident took place last Friday afternoon, disrupting the post-holiday festivities of the citizens in the suburban Chattanooga region. It appeared, via eyewitness accounts, that Shields had little rhyme or reason for her actions. There was an apparent disregard for street signs, with Shields casually pointing her gun out of car window like a it was just her hand.
More from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Chattanooga police officers received a report of shots fired at 1300 Cloverdale and arrived at 3:52 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.
Officers found two people who said they were at a stop sign when a woman pulled up in a dark-colored sedan and fired shots into their vehicle, hitting and disabling the radiator.
Then more calls reported a woman pointing a firearm at people as she passed them in her car, and that she fired at another vehicle in the same area. Police found Shields sitting in her vehicle in the Stuart Heights Baptist Church Parking lot on Hixson Pike, the release stated.
Shields sped away in her car and led officers on a chase down Highway 153 and Hixson Pike, still pointing her firearm at vehicles she passed.
Eventually, officers stopped and arrested Shields at Cloverdale Drive and Koblan Drive, near the spot where the shootings occurred and just blocks from her house. She pointed her firearm at an officer, but was taken into custody without incident or injury, the release stated.
Shields has been charged with three accounts of attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, felony evading arrest and felony reckless endangerment. She’s currently held in the Hamilton County Jail according to most reports and will appear in court Jan. 5.
Pretty amazing that the Chattanooga cops were able to take down this, ahem, vicious menace without killing her.
Photo: Chattanooga Police Department