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Metro police raid, padlock 2 businesses south of downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Two businesses along Lafayette Street just south of downtown Nashville were raided by Metro police Wednesday morning. 

The raids were conducted around 8:30 a.m. at the Z Mart located at 24 Lafayette Street and the adjoining Staff Zone, which is a temporary staffing business. 

Metro police said both businesses have been declared a public nuisance and have since been padlocked.

A Davidson County judge ordered a temporary injunction, barring the owners and managers from entering the businesses until a hearing can be held. 

According to a release, the businesses have been used to facilitate and overtly allow the commission of violent crime, including robberies and aggravated assaults, along with felony drug distribution, drug use and a number of other crimes. 

Over a seven-year period, Metro police officers have responded to more than 3,000 calls for service at the Z Mart, which is twice as many as the next busiest market within a one-mile radius, according to a release. 

"The activities that are being allowed to take place at these two businesses, which are very close to Napier/Sudekum public housing, pose real safety concerns for young and old alike, and are holding this community back," said Metro police Chief Steve Anderson. "It is clear that despite the disproportionate police responses to 24 and 20 Lafayette Street in recent years, the persons responsible for these properties have not taken steps to turn things around." 

MORE:  Data reveals addresses Metro police are called to most

Among the list of the top 10 locations, Metro police responded to in 2017 was the Z Mart. It had 95 calls for service over a period of 12 weeks.

Most of those calls were for disorderly persons but there have been multiple reports of violent crime at or near the convenience store.

On June 19, 2017, 26-year-old William Drake parked his car at the gas station. Nearby, he was shot and killed during what police say was a drug deal.

On June 2, 2017,  a man was stabbed in the parking lot and on June 3, a man showed up to the gas station with multiple gunshot wounds.


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