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Tennessee ‘hero nurse’ fatally shot driving to front-line work at hospital in Nashville

A ‘dedicated’ Tennessee nurse working on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic was shot and...

A ‘dedicated’ Tennessee nurse working on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic was shot and killed in her car as she drove to work on Thursday, police say.  

Caitlyn Marie Kaufman, 26, was on her way to her night shift at St Thomas West Hospital in Nashville on December 4 when her car was struck by gunfire around 6.30pm. 

The ICU nurse managed to pull her grey Mazda CX5 SUV over to the side of the road on Interstate 440 west

Police approached her car around 8.25pm after finding it on the hard shoulder and called for back-up. 

Kaufman died of her injuries at the scene. It is not yet known why her car was targeted, and no arrests have been made. 

Caitlyn Marie Kaufman, 26, was an ICU nurse at St Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, where she cared for patients affected by Covid 19 during the global pandemic

Caitlyn Marie Kaufman, 26, was an ICU nurse at St Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, where she cared for patients affected by Covid 19 during the global pandemic

Police found Kaufman's car pulled over on the shoulder of Interstate 440 around 8.25pm on Thursday. She had died of gunshot injuries sustained whilst driving.

Police found Kaufman's car pulled over on the shoulder of Interstate 440 around 8.25pm on Thursday. She had died of gunshot injuries sustained whilst driving.

Police found Kaufman’s car pulled over on the shoulder of Interstate 440 around 8.25pm on Thursday. She had died of gunshot injuries sustained whilst driving. 

A police officer stopped to help, believing it to be a single vehicle crash, and found Kaufman with fatal gunshots inside her grey Mazda SUV

A police officer stopped to help, believing it to be a single vehicle crash, and found Kaufman with fatal gunshots inside her grey Mazda SUV

A police officer stopped to help, believing it to be a single vehicle crash, and found Kaufman with fatal gunshots inside her grey Mazda SUV

Kaufman had been due to start her shift at 7pm on Thursday and was believed to have been on time, leading Nashville Police to estimate the time of the attack to between 6pm and 6.30pm, The Sun reports.

After being shot, Kaufman managed to pull her SUV over on the right shoulder of the road against the guard rail between the Hillsboro Pike and West End Avenue exits. 

A Metro Parks officer stopped around 8.25pm to investigate why her vehicle was parked on the right shoulder of Interstate 440, believing it was a single-car crash. 

When he got out of his car he discovered Kaufman in her vehicle, suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The car had bullet holes in it and was still running when the officer found it. 

Police department spokesman Don Aaron said Kaufman died quickly from her injuries after the officer arrived and called for help.

After being shot, Kaufman managed to pull her SUV over on the right shoulder of the road against the guard rail

After being shot, Kaufman managed to pull her SUV over on the right shoulder of the road against the guard rail

After being shot, Kaufman managed to pull her SUV over on the right shoulder of the road against the guard rail

Kaufman graduated from Clarion University where she was a 'model student-athlete' and member of the swim team

Kaufman graduated from Clarion University where she was a 'model student-athlete' and member of the swim team

 Kaufman graduated from Clarion University where she was a ‘model student-athlete’ and member of the swim team

Saint Thomas West Hospital is a 541-bed acute care hospital in Nashville where Kaufman had worked since 2018

Saint Thomas West Hospital is a 541-bed acute care hospital in Nashville where Kaufman had worked since 2018

Saint Thomas West Hospital is a 541-bed acute care hospital in Nashville where Kaufman had worked since 2018

Colleagues at Ascension Saint Thomas paid tribute to her as a ‘courageous healthcare hero’ during the pandemic and ‘a dedicated and much-loved member of our [Medical Intensive Care Unit] MICU team…who was graciously called to serve our patients with compassion and kindness.’ 

Her aunt Glenda Lee urged witnesses to get in touch and said in a statement: ‘We will not rest, until this person is brought to justice for taking our Loving Caitlyn.’ 

Tennessee Nurses Association said they were ‘deeply saddened’ to learn about the death of Kaufman.

Speaking to News4 on Friday a spokeswoman said: ‘The sudden death of such a young nurse is always devastating, but even more so due to senseless violence. These are very emotionally trying times for health care workers. Our deepest condolences go out to Caitlyn’s family, friends, and colleagues at St. Thomas West.’

Kaufman was born in the small city of Chicora, Pennsylvania, in Butler County, 50-miles outside Pittsburgh.

Kaufman's family called for witnesses to come forward and bring justice for their 'loving Caitlyn'

Kaufman's family called for witnesses to come forward and bring justice for their 'loving Caitlyn'

Kaufman’s family called for witnesses to come forward and bring justice for their ‘loving Caitlyn’

Kaufman was a 'much-loved' healthcare worker in Nashville who was moved by 'compassion and kindness' to care for patients at Saint Thomas West Hospital during the pandemic

Kaufman was a 'much-loved' healthcare worker in Nashville who was moved by 'compassion and kindness' to care for patients at Saint Thomas West Hospital during the pandemic

Kaufman was a ‘much-loved’ healthcare worker in Nashville who was moved by ‘compassion and kindness’ to care for patients at Saint Thomas West Hospital during the pandemic 

She was a star pupil at Butler Senior High School, making the honor roll in 2012 and becoming a student council officer as well as becoming a diver on the swim team.

A hobby she continued at Clarion University, Pennsylvania, where Sean Fagan, the sports information director, called her a ‘model student-athlete…a tenacious competitor, a supportive teammate and a dedicated student’.  

According to Kaufman’s Facebook page, she worked in the intensive care unit and had been employed by Saint Thomas West Hospital hospital since 2018, where she was a member of the MICU team. 

She lived in Davidson County, Nashville Police said, before moving to Lebanon. 

Kaufman had been a star pupil at Butler Senior High School in Chicora, Pennsylvania, where she was a student council officer and made the honor role in 2012

Kaufman had been a star pupil at Butler Senior High School in Chicora, Pennsylvania, where she was a student council officer and made the honor role in 2012

Kaufman had been a star pupil at Butler Senior High School in Chicora, Pennsylvania, where she was a student council officer and made the honor role in 2012

Anyone traveling on I-440 on Thursday evening who noticed anything unusual is asked to call 615-742-7463. 

Kaufman is the third nurse from St. Thomas West Hospital to be killed since 2016, WSMV reports.

Three years ago, 23-year-old Tiffany Ferguson was stabbed to death at her condo in Wedgewood Park.

Christopher McLawhorn was found guilty of her first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in November 2018.

In December 2016, the body of Ashley Brown, 25, was discovered at a trash disposal site. She had been beaten and strangled.

Her death remains unsolved. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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