Financial help still available

to Christmas bombing victims

Some victims of the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville are still struggling to recover financially a year later and help is still available, officials said.

Ashley Bergeron told WSMV-TV that she hasn’t been able to get back into her apartment, which also serves as an art gallery, in downtown Nashville.

“Now that it’s been almost a year, I’m now realizing OK wow, I’m going to need to ask for some more support,” Bergeron said.

Financial help is still available, officials said.

“Anyone who is still looking for help after the Christmas Day bombing should reach out to Catholic Charities,” said Judy Orr, the organization’s director.

She said there’s $100,000 in donations left of $950,000 that was given to the United Way and the Community Foundation after the bombing. WSMV reports that Catholic Charities is in charge of distributing those funds and that the organization will consider requests from anyone with additional expenses.

Catholic Charities is working with 25 people currently, but Orr encouraged others like Bergeron to come forward.

— Associated Press

Boy fatally shot Christmas morning

MEMPHIS — A Tennessee boy was fatally shot early Christmas morning, officials said.

The 12-year-old boy was among three people killed in two separate shootings in Memphis on Saturday, news outlets reported, citing police.

Officers responded to a home at 2:26 a.m. Saturday and took the boy who had suffered a gunshot wound to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Memphis police tweeted. No other information was immediately released.

In a separate shooting early Christmas morning, two men were killed and a female was wounded, police said. Details weren’t released.

Memphis police reported recently that the city’s number of homicides were at a record level with 333, news outlets reported.

— Associated Press

Georgia murder suspect evades

capture in East Tennessee

ENGLEWOOD, Tenn. — Sheriff’s deputies in eastern Tennessee are searching for a man wanted for murder in northwest Georgia.

McMinn County sheriff’s deputies spotted and briefly chased Brandon Neil Wiseman on Sunday in Englewood, the sheriff’s office told local news outlets.

Wiseman is wanted for murder in a fatal shooting that took place near Chatsworth, Georgia, on Sunday, according to authorities there.

McMinn County deputies said Englewood police spotted the 35-year-old Wiseman and his sister, Jessica Jenkins, at an Englewood business that Wiseman has ties to.

The two sped away from Englewood officers and McMinn deputies in a brown Nissan Pathfinder. Jenkins got out of the vehicle and was taken into custody, while Wiseman escaped.

Wiseman is considered armed and dangerous, officials said.

— Associated Press

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