Julia Shields Mug Shot

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]

By Hypatia Livingston

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34 thoughts on “Suburban Tennessee Gun Nut In Body Armor Shoots Up Her Neighborhood”
  1. What was she thinking? I can’t imagine what these people must have went through the day after Christmas, that’s pretty scary. Sounds like she must be going through something and I hope that she gets the help that she needs.

      1. You know that agencies lock up anyone who is crazy right? It does not matter what color the person is, and if they are not locked up then they are just forgotten. Then we have a bunch of crazies running around that should be getting help and never do, and there you go again with a crazy running around that could have gotten help in the past, was neglected and then ends up hurting themselves or someone else.

        Just wanted to point these few stories out, I am sure there are many others documented showing those needing help vs. not getting it = horrible problems (rape, murder, etc.).

      2. I don’t know about that. I mean, sure if it was a bad cop, she would be dead. I don’t think all cops shoot to kill anyone.

  2. Clearly this woman has some sort of mental issues going on. I can’t wait to hear more background on her, though, and find out whether she had the gun legally or not.

    1. It is legal in all former Confederate States of America (13 total) for anyone who has no history of mental illness to have a gun. That includes convicted felons.

      1. Prohibition of gun ownership or even ammunition possession by a felon is nationwide. Where do people come up with these lies about the beautiful South?

        1. It is not nationwide. Georgia got rid of its prohibition on felons owning guns six months ago, as part of its ‘any gun anywhere’ law. The South isn’t beautiful because True Beauty is both on the outside AND inside. The South’s ugliness is belied with its out of control gun culture.

          1. Ever heard of States’ Rights? That is proof that if there is no federal law, State law is supreme. Since there is no federal law preempting Georgia’s guns everywhere law, I am correct – Ga. law allows for felons to own guns.

          2. Actually, state law does NOT trump Federal Law. It’s called Federal Preemption. You might think you are correct and I really wish you were. I think we got off on the wrong foot here and for that I apologize. Currently as it stands right now Federal Law in any court will hold as the “Supreme Law of the land”. If a convicted felon is caught with a gun then he/she WILL go to jail. I understand that this conflict with state law but no federal judge will care because they have “Federal Preemption” and that is supported by the “Supreme Clause” which is coming from the Constitution. I think you might be misinterpreting what the it means. Again I apologize for my outburst.

          1. The federal Gun Control Act of 1968, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922!!

            Is the Federal Law that makes it ILLEGAL for felons from owning a gun in all 50 states and it includes Puerto Rico.
            Again you are a liar and this proves it.Stop making stuff up when you have no idea what you are talking about concerning guns and legal gun ownership.

          2. I never stated any ban(s) on firearms. It is illegal for a felon to be in possession or purchase a firearm. It’s a federal crime. State law CANNOT override that because of the “Supreme Clause” which is stated in the US Constitution that grants the “Federal” govt. the authority.

          3. Also please note that if you believe that your state will not uphold Federal Law then that is absolutly not true. If your state law enforcement agencies catch a felon with a gun then they will charge him with a federal crime. Here are (2) federal laws that he would be breaking.

            National Firearms Act of 1934 & Gun Control Act of 1968

            It is possible for a felon to appeal and reinstate his/her 2nd Amendment rights but it is extremely rare and you are most likely to find a leprechaun riding a unicorn before that happens.

    2. I was just thinking that. She must have something wrong with her. Who just decides one afternoon that they are going to go on a shooting spree through their neighborhood? I don’t understand how some people end up with guns.

    3. There are bad days and then there are crazy days, this woman clearly suffered some sort of a mental break. I would like to hear more on this too as the picture so far paints her out to be some type of wacko that was ready to be taken down with extreme force.

    1. I agree… if our Government takes away our guns then we will all feel the evil. Then again, it is whack jobs like this lady that will help the anti-gun protesters.

      1. That is so true. Crazy people tend to make the rest of us look bad, even if we try to support her being crazy and needing help. Somehow it seems like if you support one thing, ten other things are tacked on you for something else that still makes us out to be the bad people of the world.

  3. I’d say she was looking to commit suicide by police encounter, but she had on body armor. That tells us she wanted to survive any confrontation she came up against.

    These stories of people going nuts and shooting at random people are becoming more common and that should be enough to cause changes to happen. Unfortunately, the pro-gun people don’t see this as cause for alarm.

    1. Cop reached for his gun and there was a doughnut in his holster. He left his gun on the counter at the doughnut shop

    2. I wonder the same thing. Didn’t the cop feel threatened? I thought that was the reason why so many other people have been shot and killed – felt threatened?

  4. Ahhh, yea, let me guess, a history of mental illness, but has access to guns. Secondly, she was shooting at other white people, but no mention of white on white violence here. Third, the police arrived the scene and she pointed the gun at them, but they didn’t shoot. White supremacists and their white racist cousins can never see white privilege not because they are freaking blind or too daft to see it, but because their satanic nature clouds their demented minds. Truly if this savage woman was a black person, she would have been dead for just carrying the gun let alone shooting and pointing it at the police. Even here, there are white people already in denial about whether or not a black person would have experienced similar fate. Even though they know deep down in their specially satanic hearts that a black person would have been killed, they continue to lie to themselves because being seeds of Satan, their lying lips and hearts, can NEVER admit truth. You are a sad set of people. Pathetic in human nature, and demonic in thoughts and deed.

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