Good Samaritan shot during confrontation outside RiverGate pet store

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two people have been arrested after a man reportedly trying to intervene in a domestic dispute was shot in the leg outside of a pet store near the RiverGate Mall.

According to an arrest warrant, a man and his girlfriend were leaving PetSmart on Gallatin Pike Monday night, when they noticed a confrontation between Martelle Black, 27, and Desirae Sensing, 20, who were in a vehicle parked near the business.

The man reportedly confronted Black about “laying his hands on a woman.” An argument between the two men escalated and police said Black pulled out a handgun and fired several shots toward the man, hitting him in the leg.

Martelle Black and Desirae Sensing
Martelle Black and Desirae Sensing (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

The shooting victim was transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center for treatment, officers revealed. His condition was not known.

Police said Black and Sensing left the scene, but Sensing was tracked down a short time later in Goodlettsville and refused to provide information about Black. She was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Black was eventually taken into custody in Goodlettsville, as well. He was jailed on charges including aggravated assault with serious injury. His bond was set at $30,000.

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