SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. -
One person is in custody and another is on the loose after a man suffered critical injuries after he was shot in Springfield early Sunday morning.
Authorities received a call about the shooting at 2:08 a.m. at the "El-Alteno" Restaurant on Tom Austin Highway.
While searching the area, the officers were notified by NorthCrest Medical Center that a man with several gunshot wounds had driven himself to the hospital.
The victim was identified as 27-year-old Brandon Gardner. Gardner sustained multiple gunshot wounds including to his chest, arms, legs and groin.
Gardner’s also car had several bullet holes in the driver’s door.
"Looking at that car you would think no one would have survived it," said Gardner’s mother Louise Head.
Gardner was later taken by life flight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
"He said that all the way there he was just reciting the Lord ’s Prayer,” Head said. “He felt as he was saying it over and over and over he was getting stronger and stronger and stronger. That’s what got him to the hospital he said.”
Police said they are still investigating a motive, but said drugs and gangs are likely factors.
Thirty-nine-year-old Alan Jermaine Gardner, who police said does not appear to be related to Brandon Gardner, turned himself into authorities in connection to the shooting.
He is charged with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.
He remains jailed in Robertson County.
Police are continuing to search for a second suspect in the case.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:49:00 GMT
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