Police: 17-year-old suspect shot dead during attempted North Nashville restaurant robbery

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police say a 17-year-old who tried to rob a North Nashville restaurant Thursday night has died after he was shot by an employee during the crime.

Officers responded to Knockout Wings on Jefferson Street around 9:30 p.m. for a reported robbery and shooting.

Metro Police say Jaylin Cummins was dressed in all black and his face was covered when he walked into Knock Out Wings on Jefferson Street.

According to investigators, he demanded cash at gunpoint.

Five employees were inside the restaurant. As one of the female employees dealt with Cummins, one of her co-workers saw an opportunity to retrieve a pistol being carried by another male employee, who had his hands up. 

Cummins was shot and fled the restaurant without any money.  He got into a waiting white car.

He was then driven more than 10 miles away to Terrace Park Apartments, where he was dropped at his girlfriend’s front door. Cummins did not survive.

“It’s just tragic,” said neighbor Raymond Blair. “It’s no good when you lose people young. It’s not good when you lose anyone but these are people who could have great lives.”

Another man saw the teen enter the restaurant.

“I went in to order my food. I came back outside and I see somebody run in with a gun. When he ran back out, he was shot,” said the man. “All I could think of was hurry and get away from here because I didn’t want to get hit by a bullet or random shooting I didn’t know where it was coming from.”

The investigation is ongoing but police said no charges were expected against the restaurant employee who shot Cummins.

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