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College student from NJ clinging to life after being struck by stray bullet near Nashville campus


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A college student from New Jersey is clinging to life after being struck in the head by a bullet allegedly shot by a career criminal as she walked near her campus in Nashville – and lay for an hour before a passerby found her.

Jillian Ludwig, 18, a freshman at Belmont University, was listed in extremely critical condition after being shot about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday while walking at Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park, police said.

Shaquille Taylor, 29, allegedly opened fire on a car from a public housing complex across the street — and a bullet struck Ludwig in the back of the head as she walked on a track, according to cops.

One of the shots “is alleged to have struck Ludwig in the head, causing her to immediately collapse,” police said. She was found on the ground at about 3:30 p.m. by a passerby who notified cops.

Surveillance video and witnesses led cops to the suspected gunman, who admitted to firing shots, police said.

The accused gunman has been charged over previous shootings — but was released from custody earlier this year after being deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Video captured Ludwig falling after she was struck by the stray bullet, according to a police affidavit.

Taylor was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault and evidence tampering.

He was accused of giving the gun to another person after the shooting, The Tennessean reported, citing court records.

His girlfriend also told investigators that he admitted to her that he was involved in a shooting, according to police records cited by the Tennessean.

Belmont University, a private Christian school in the Tennessee city, announced the shocking incident involving the business major from Wall Township, New Jersey, in an email to students and staff.

His girlfriend also told investigators that he admitted to her that he was involved in a shooting, according to police records cited by the Tennessean.

“Jillian’s family arrived in Nashville tonight and are with her at the hospital,” the email read, according to the news outlet.

“Jillian is an engaged member of our community who is known for her love of music,” school President Greg Jones said in a statement.

“A music business major and bass player, she is often found at concerts, cheering on fellow musicians and using music as a way to connect with those around her. Jillian is also an avid runner who enjoys being outside,” he added.

Jones encouraged students to take advantage of counseling services.“On days like this one, let us lean into this love as we do our best as a community to care for and support one another,” he said. “Please join me in praying for Jillian’s family, friends, and loved ones.”

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