Police: Suspects try to sell Swedish tourists marijuana twice before shooting

Fourth Avenue South shooting

Metro police are investigating after two Swedish tourists were shot while walking in the Wedgewood-Houston area of South Nashville early Thursday morning.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Chestnut Street.  

According to police, the 30-year-old victims were walking down Fourth Avenue when they were approached by two men in a red, four-door sedan. 

The victims told police the car pulled up to them twice and asked if they wanted to buy marijuana, but they told two men inside the car that they were not interested. 

When the car pulled up to them a third time, police say the passenger of the red sedan jumped out of the car with a gun and demanded the tourists’ belongings. The victims complied. 

However, police say, the gunman fired a shot into the pavement, which ricocheted shrapnel that hit both men. One man suffered lacerations to the arm and the other man was cut on the ankle. 

The victims were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

Metro police said the men are tourists from Sweeden visiting Nashville. 

According to police, the gunman was described as a black man, between 18 to 25 years old with ear-length dreadlocks. He is approximately 5-foot-8-inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a t-shirt, white hoodie tied around his waist, and light colored shorts.

Anyone with information on the gunman and/or the driver of the red four-door car is asked to call our partners at Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME. Tips can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. 

The investigation is ongoing. Stay with News 2 for updates. 

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