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Nashville ICU nurse Caitlyn Kaufman fatally shot on way to work

NASHVILLE — A 26-year-old Nashville nurse was fatally shot as she drove down Interstate 440 on Thursday night, Metro Nashville police said. 

Police on Friday identified the woman as Caitlyn Kaufman, who worked at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.

Detectives believe the shooting happened sometime between 6 and 6:30 p.m. while Kaufman was on her way to work for a shift that began at 7 p.m.

Just before 9 p.m., a Metro Parks officer said he saw her Mazda CX-5 SUV on the right shoulder of I-440 against the guard rail and stopped, believing it was a single-car crash. Police said he then discovered bullets were fired into the car.

Kaufman died quickly at the scene after being shot at least once, police said.

A 26-year-old Nashville nurse was fatally shot while driving her Mazda CX-5 SUV on I-440 west between Hillsboro Pike and West End on Thursday night, police said.

“It’s just incredibly heartbreaking and sad given her profession,” said Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron. 

Detectives were actively chasing down leads Friday night from multiple tips submitted to Crime Stoppers. 

As of Friday night the woman’s killer remained at large, police said, and a motive in the killing wasn’t clear.

Kaufman’s aunt Glenda Lee Kaufman provided a statement to The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network about her niece’s slaying:

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