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Police seeking New Albany woman wanted for shooting father

A mobile command unit has been brought to the scene. A mobile command unit has been brought to the scene.

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Police are searching for a New Albany woman who they say was involved in a shooting late Thursday afternoon that left her father injured.

Multiple agencies are on the look out for Melody Sullivan on both sides of the river. Louisville Metro Safe dispatch says it is possibility she is armed with an AK47, a hand grenade, and has a pit bull with her.

Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon, New Albany Police were called to the 200 block of Pearl Street to the home of Sullivan. Around that same time, police say Sullivan's father was checked into the hospital with a non life threatening gun shot wound. Police believe Sullivan shot her father.

For hours, they tried to contact the 33-year-old woman inside her home.

"In a situation like this we have to take every precaution for the safety of the public, the safety of the police officers and the safety of Ms. Sullivan is very important to us," said Chief Todd Bailey, New Albany Police.

All businesses and homes were placed on lock down, as SWAT team members trained their guns on Sullivan's home. Brandon Thompson works and lives across the street. He's the owner of "Shall We Dance" and says he has known Sullivan for more than six years. He says he saw the father and daughter moments before this happened.

Thompson says he decided to call Sullivan himself on her cell phone and he got through."She was obviously extremely upset, and it was very difficult to understand her, but she did say there was an altercation with her and her father and it had to do with a dog," said Thompson.

Thompson says he told police and not long after police entered the apartment and found no sign of Sullivan.

"Melody is Melody, something had to trigger her, you know, something just like any of us, maybe she had a bad day," said Connie Keibler, a relative.

Authorities believe Sullivan left shortly after the shooting happened and is driving around in a 1987 black Ford F-150 with Indiana handicapped plates.

Sullivan is considered armed and dangerous. Police say citizens should not approach Sullivan or her vehicle if they spot it, but call 9-1-1 with the location.

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