NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A five-time convicted felon is now facing attempted criminal homicide and drug charges after a man was critically injured in a drug-related shooting near the campus of Tennessee State University.
On July 1, officers were dispatched to 38th Avenue North and John L. Driver Boulevard in response to a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Once on scene, officers found a 35-year-old man with two gunshot wounds in his ribcage area.
The victim was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. According to an affidavit, before going into surgery, the victim was able to identify Zantaun Horton, 31, as the shooter.
Detectives observed Horton coming out of a residence in the 300 block of West Monticello Avenue on July 5. Court records state Horton left the home in a blue Dodge Challenger and was taken into custody at the intersection of Gallatin Pike North and Old Hickory Boulevard. At the time of his arrest, Horton was in possession of $1,585 in cash, a digital scale and the keys to the home on West Monticello Avenue.
Inside the home, officers located three handguns, a set of body armor, multiple digital scales, 322.6 grams of methamphetamine, 102.2 grams of cocaine and multiple boxes of ammunition. An affidavit states the female homeowner told police that one of the handguns belonged to her. One of the handguns was also reproted stolen out of Rutherford County.
At the time of the arrest, Horton was wanted for attempted homicide and being a felon in possession of a handgun.
In addition to attempted murder and gun possession by a convicted felon, Horton was also charged with seven additional drug and gun counts. His total bond is set at $752,000.
Horton was previously charged with aggravated assault after he was accused of shooting his sister’s boyfriend in East Nashville back in May of 2020.
Metro police also charged Horton with criminal homicide in 2015 after he was accused of killing a man inside Bentley’s House of Soul on George L. David Boulevard on October 9, 2011. The charge was later amended to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.