22-year-old man shot to death in car at East Nashville apartment complex

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 22-year-old man who went to an East Nashville apartment complex to purchase a gun was shot and killed inside of his car in the parking lot Wednesday night, according to police.

Metro officers responded just after 10 p.m. to a report of gunshots fired at Berkshire Place Apartments on Porter Road near Cahal Avenue.

Braxton Cooper was found inside of his vehicle with at least one gunshot wound, police said. He was transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where the 22-year-old was pronounced dead.

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Metro police said a man who had been in the car with Cooper returned to the scene a short time later and told detectives Cooper had made arrangements through an online ad to purchase a handgun. The shooter met them in the parking lot and got into the back seat for the exchange, during which Cooper was shot, according to investigators.

The shooter was described by the witness as a man in his teens or early 20s, standing approximately six feet tall with a slender build.

Anyone with information on Cooper’s murder is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

News 2 is tracking homicides investigated by the Metro Nashville Police Department for the year 2021. Click the image above to view the interactive Homicide Tracker.

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