45-year-old Julia Shields strapped on her body armor and raced through her quiet suburban neighborhood, shooting at people and property as she sped around in dark-colored sedan last Friday. Witnesses say she was wearing a baseball hat and and dangling a gun out the window “like a cigarette.”
Chattanooga police officers received a report of shots fired just before 4 p.m. after two people who said they were at a stop sign and a woman matching Shields’ description fired shots into their vehicle, hitting and disabling the radiator. Other neighbors reported a woman pointing a firearm at people as she passed them in her car. Sometimes she shot at empty vehicles.
Shields gave chase when the officers arrived on the scenes, eventually stopping and sitting in her vehicle in the Stuart Heights Baptist Church Parking lot, according to The Times Free Press. Initially, she pointed her gun at police officers, but she did not resist arrest.
Police then discovered that Shields only lived a few blocks down from where she started her shooting spree.
Shields has been charged with three counts 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.
[Image Credit: Mug shot via Times Free Press]