Teen wanted for shooting rideshare driver arrested in Nashville


Metro police arrested a teen wanted for shooting an Uber driver at a Nashville gas station last week. 

David Mays, 16, was wanted for allegedly shooting the rideshare driver at the Exxon station on Shelby Avenue on March 13.

Metro’s Juvenile Crime Task Force found him at Cedars at Elm Hill Apartments Wednesday night.

He tried to avoid police by hiding in an apartment, according to Metro police, but surrendered after officers surrounded the building. 

Mays is confined to Nashville’s secure juvenile detention facility following his arrest. 

He is accused of shooting the man as he was pumping gas while attempting to carjack him. 

The robbery attempt went bad and police said Mays shot Brian Redden, 38, in the lower torso. 

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According to officials, Mays is “no stranger to MNPD.”

He was charged last July for robbing a man on Vanderhorst Drive. In that robbery, the Mays reportedly took cash and a debit card and stole the man’s 2006 Honda Accord.

Police told News 2 Mays is also identified as the gunman who approached a 26-year-old victim at a gas station on Music Valley Drive and robbed the man and carjacked his 2016 Nissan Maxima.

Police arrested Mays at that time. He was charged with a slew of crimes including two counts of aggravated robbery. 

Mays was sent to the Department of Child Services (DCS) facility Gateway to Independence on Stewart Lane where he was staying up until February. 

Mays wasn’t done the serving time. In fact, DCS did something that seems unusual — they gave the violent teen a weekend pass to leave the facility.

Police told News 2 they were notified Mays never returned to the facility on Feb. 3. Officers had been looking for Mays ever since.

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Redden, who was seriously injured, told News 2 he is grateful his life was spared and forgives Mays. 

“I have no anger for what happened,” Redden said. “I pray that he finds his way.” 

Redden says while he wants justice, he believes the teen made a bad choice. 

“He probably needs help,” Redden said. “He needs to be somewhere other than on the street.”  

Redden says community support and help from other rideshare drivers has helped him through this difficult time. 

“I’ve got friends, family, and my faith to carry me on,” he said. 

Mays is charged with attempted especially aggravated robbery in last week’s case and also charged with not returning to state custody after the Department of Children’s Services gave him a weekend pass in February. He was in state custody as the result of his arrest in two armed robbery cases in July 2018.

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