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Nashville dad charged with shooting into car where his own son, daughter were passengers

Father charged with shooting at vehicle containing his son and daughter. PHOTO: Metro Nashville Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Nashville man is facing multiple charges of aggravated assault after allegedly firing shots into a car where his own son and daughter were passengers.

According to the arrest records for the father -(who we are not identifying to protect his children's identity)- the incident started at a South Nashville high school football field Saturday where the father had come to watch his son play a youth football game. At some point, the father entered into an argument with the mother of his two children whom he is no longer with.

Police say the mother is in a relationship with another man, who was also at the game and present during the dispute. The argument escalated, with the two parties having to be separated.

After being separated, the two parties left at separate times. Police say the mom, the son and the man's daughter -also at the game- left the scene in the mother's car along with the mom's cousin, her boyfriend, and another juvenile.

While driving down Franklin Pike, the woman says she noticed the father to her children following her closely in his vehicle, trying to strike her car. They then heard gunshots coming from his car. The rear passenger window was shot out, shattering the glass and was in close proximity to striking the front passenger seat where the woman's current boyfriend was sitting.

The affidavit states that's when the woman's boyfriend rolled down his window and fired shots back at the father, striking him and ending the chase.

Police say in all, there were six people inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting, including the man's son and daughter in the back seat. The father was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment and will be facing six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of domestic assault, and one count of probation violation.

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