Employee dies after being shot in head at South Nashville market

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police are investigating after an employee was fatally wounded in a shooting Thursday night at a South Nashville market.

Officers responded around 5:30 p.m. to the Newroz Market on Elysian Fields Court where they said they located a male near the rear door of the business with a gunshot wound to the head.

The shooting victim, identified by police as Nashwan Malaka, was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators revealed.

According to police, the 32-year-old was working in the meat department in the back of the business, when a man entered an unlocked back door, ran up behind Malaka and fired. The gunman, wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and brown shoes, then fled through the same back door.

Metro police released surveillance images of the gunman Friday morning, describing the shooting as “targeted.”

Newroz Market gunman
(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

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