One man was killed and four people injured in an apparent targeted shooting Saturday night, according to Metro police.
Around 10:50 p.m. at 1516 9th Avenue North in the Cheatham Place public housing development, police said two gunmen reportedly approached from across the courtyard and opened fire on a group.
Mansfield Rutherford would have turned 23-years-old on Monday and was celebrating his birthday with friends outside his residence, said police.
When the gunmen fired, Mansfield was struck in the chest. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
Four other men with Rutherford, two 18-year-olds, a 24-year-old, and a 32-year-old, sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to officials.
Police are looking for two black men who appeared to be in their early 20s. One of them is approximately 6’4” tall with a heavy build and shoulder-length dreads. The second is approximately 5’10” tall with a thin build and light complexion. Both suspects wore black clothing.
Detectives are investigating whether there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and victims.
Anyone with information about Rutherford’s murder is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.