Suspected gunman arrested after shopper fatally shot inside West Nashville Target

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Surveillance video captured a man shoot a shopper near the electronics department inside the West Nashville Target Sunday night, then continue firing at him while he was on the ground in the toy aisle, an arrest warrant states.

Metro police responded around 7:15 p.m. to the Target on Charlotte Pike, where they said a 40-year-old man had been shot multiple times while shopping with his girlfriend. The shopper, identified by investigators as Avery Collier, was pronounced dead inside of the store, according to officers.

Officers said David Van Dyke, 29, shot and killed Collier, then left the store during the commotion that resulted from the gunfire, but he returned a short time later. Prior to being arrested, police said he discarded a gun in a planter outside of Target.

Avery Collier (Photo provided by family friend)

Detectives said they determined Collier and Van Dyke, who did not know each other, “had words” near the front of the store just after Collier and his girlfriend walked in. A few minutes later, police said the two again got into an argument near the electronics department, during which Van Dyke shot Collier, who collapsed in a toy aisle.

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from inside the store and said they witnessed Van Dyke “shoot the victim once from a distance then several more times as the victim was on the ground.”

Van Dyke was booked into the Metro jail early Monday morning on a charge of criminal homicide, where he was held on a $1 million bond.

David Van Dyke
David Van Dyke (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Target released a statement to News 2 Monday morning, which reads:

The safety and security of our guests is Target’s top priority. Earlier this evening, one guest shot another in the Target store on Charlotte Pike. We immediately evacuated the building, called law enforcement and focused on keeping our team and guests safe. The store is currently closed while the Metro Nashville Police Department investigates the shooting. We’ve shown Metro Nashville PD the security videos and will provide them with whatever they need for their investigation. Additional questions can be directed to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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