Man shot in Donelson, suspect flees on bike - WKRN News 2

Man shot in Donelson, suspect flees on bike

Posted: Updated: Jul 11, 2014 06:09 PM
Steven Thames was shot in the driveway of his Donelson home. Steven Thames was shot in the driveway of his Donelson home.
DONELSON, Tenn. -

An armed suspect remains on the loose after police said a man was shot in his car on a quiet street in the Donelson area of Nashville.

Steven Thames, a husband and father from Donelson, was shot around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in his driveway in the 2400 block of Maplecrest Drive.

Police said the 41-year-old victim was leaving for work and discovered a man looking for loose change in the passenger seat of his truck.

When Thames confronted the man, the suspect demanded change, and then shot him in the stomach before fleeing the scene on a dark-colored bicycle.

Thames was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was last listed in stable condition. Family members told News 2 the bullet struck his liver and lung.

Police describe the gunman is a white male in his 30s, with a thin build, long dark hair and a scruffy appearance.

Thames, who was described as alert after the shooting, told police he believes the suspect is a homeless man he has seen in the area before.

Police indicated that an officer approached a nearby individual with a bike after the shooting, but he fled into some nearby woods.

Several neighbors described Thames as a "super guy who would do anything for you."

Family friend, Dana Besso spent Friday helping the family out around the house, while Thames’ wife Stephanie was at the hospital.

“Her mind is focused on him healing, she does not care about the bills, she's not worried about anything but him,” said Besso.

News 2 spoke with Stephanie over the phone while she was at the hospital. She could not meet in person because this was the first day doctors allowed her to lay by her husband’s side.

She did not want to miss out on a minute with him.

“His wife is amazing, she's holding up,” said Besso. "He's a hardworking man but he does not have insurance. He has to provide for his family, and to him that comes first,” she continued.

The medical bills are piling up and Thames, who is self-employed, will be out of work for an indefinite amount of time.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help him and his family with medical expenses.
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