Man critically injured after shooting on pedestrian bridge in downtown Nashville; Suspect sought


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An investigation is underway after a man was shot in downtown Nashville late Tuesday night.

The shooting happened near the downtown side of the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge just before 11 p.m.

Metro police reported the 30-year-old victim was shot and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries.

Witnesses told News 2 the shooting sounded like it stemmed from a fight inside a nearby bar.

Michael Cason
Michael Cason (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metro police reported 27-year-old Michael Cason shot the victim because they have an ongoing feud. Two warrants charging two counts of aggravated assault have been issued against Cason. One for Tuesday’s shooting near the bridge and another for a second incident involving the victim and Cason outside a Madison convenience store. Police say in that incident, Cason allegedly fired shots at the victim.

Police say the victim had just gotten off work Tuesday night and was walking south near the bridge when he was confronted by Cason, who fired several shots at the victim. The victim was shot twice, once in the torso and once in the hand. The victim was treated and released.

In the prior incident on Monday, the victim pulled up to the Shell gas station in the 1400 block of Gallatin Pike North around 10:50 a.m. and entered the store. Police say Cason was parked nearby when the victim came out of the store. Cason then confronted the victim and the victim then got into his car. Police say as the victim was driving away, Cason fired two shots toward him. The victim’s driver-side-door was hit but the victim was not hurt.

No additional information was immediately released.

Pedestrian bridge shooting
(Photo: WKRN)

Last weekend, 36-year-old Benjamin Baker was shot and killed on the bridge by a man Metro police said claims he fired the gun in self-defense during an altercation with Baker. A review of surveillance video showed police Baker was wearing a ski mask and walked up behind a 20-year-old man on the bridge.

Police said Baker appeared to pull out a handgun before confronting the man. After an exchange of gunfire between the two, Baker was shot in the chest.

Baker was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Anyone with information on this crime or other crimes is asked to contact our partners at Nashville Crime Stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME (742-7463). All callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. You can also submit a tip online by clicking here.

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