NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Nashville Police Department is investigating an overnight shooting that left a 15-year-old injured following reports of alleged car break-ins in the SoBro area.
The shooting was reported at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 near the intersection of 4th Avenue South and Elm Street.
Authorities said a person walking through the parking lot in the 700 block of 4th Avenue South noticed someone sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and two others who were wearing ski masks and standing near a red car wearing ski masks. Due to the recent vehicle break-ins at that location, the passerby reportedly alerted a security guard.
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Officials said the security guard responded to the area, where he saw three individuals near a red vehicle. However, when the guard shined his flashlight on them, he said they walked away and got into a blue Hyundai Elantra.
After the guard walked up to the driver’s window and tapped on it, the driver allegedly backed out at a high rate of speed and nearly hit the guard. According to police, the guard shined his flashlight at them again and told them to stop, the driver accelerated, striking the guard and causing him to land on the hood of the car.
The guard yelled for the driver to stop, and when they didn’t, he said he pulled his gun and fired into the windshield. Then, the driver turned sharply, throwing the security guard off the Elantra, authorities reported.
According to officials, the vehicle traveled through the parking lot and over the curb before stopping in the middle of Elm Street between 4th Avenue South and 3rd Avenue South. However, all three occupants allegedly got out of the car and ran away.
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Officers said they found a 15-year-old who had been hit by gunfire in a nearby alley, where they rendered aid. The boy was brought to Vanderbilt Pediatrics, where he is expected to recover from his injuries.
Authorities said the Hyundai Elantra not only had two bullet holes through the front windshield, but its back window was broken out and the ignition was punched out.
Law enforcement ran the tag on the vehicle and tracked down the owner, who was reportedly unaware that her car — which had been parked on Susannah Drive — had been stolen overnight.
Police also said they discovered a red Hyundai Accent in the parking lot, which had a busted rear passenger window and “the ignition switch pulled out from the dashboard as if someone was in the process of stealing the car.”
Officials said they are working to track down the other two people who fled from the stolen Hyundai Elantra.
According to authorities, one of the individuals with the 15-year-old was a male wearing a black hooded jacket, black mask and a black backpack. A female wearing a white clothing item around her neck and an odd hat was described as the other suspect.
“There are no charges at present,” Metro police said in a Saturday afternoon statement. “This case will be staffed with the District Attorney’s Office at the conclusion.”
No additional details have been released about this incident.
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