Caitlyn Kaufman was shot while driving down Interstate 440 in Nashville on Thursday.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (KDKA) — A Butler County native living and working as a nurse in Tennessee was shot and killed while driving to work.

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(Photo Credit: Clarion University)

Caitlyn Kaufman was shot and killed while driving down Interstate 440 in Nashville on Thursday night, Nashville police said in a release. The Butler County native worked at St. Thomas West Hospital.

Law enforcement says an officer spotted Kaufman’s vehicle on the side of the road around 9 p.m. and discovered that Kaufman was shot. She died at the scene, officials say.

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Police believe the shooting happened between 6 and 6:30 p.m. while Kaufman was on her way to the hospital for her 7 p.m. shift.

(Photo Credit: Nashville PD)

Kaufman graduated from Butler Senior High School before attending Clarion University, where she was a member of the women’s swimming and diving team.

Clarion University Athletics released a statement on Facebook, saying:

Clarion University and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Caitlyn Kaufman. Caitlyn embodied all of the characteristics of a model student-athlete while a member of the women’s swimming & diving team. She was a tenacious competitor, a supportive teammate and a dedicated student.

Our thoughts remain with Caitlyn’s family as well as her former teammates and coaches during this incredibly difficult time.

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A motive in the killing is not known, and Kaufman’s killer is still at large. Police are investigating.