A teenager is in custody and three men are on the run after a crime spree sent two people to hospital with serious gunshot wounds. A loaded AR-15 rifle and a stolen silver Honda CRV have been recovered.
Metro Nashville Police are looking for three men who reportedly wore gray hoodies while allegedly terrorizing residents over a two-hour period early Wednesday (April 18) morning.
The first crime is reported to have occurred after 1:00 a.m. at a housing complex at 830 Glastonbury Road, when a woman was approached by three men. At gunpoint, the woman handed over all her personal belongings and was physically unharmed.
Within minutes, a man was robbed near the Days Inn in the 800 block of Murfreesboro Pike. Unharmed, the man reported that two men wearing gray hoodies had approached him with guns.
The crime spree halted for a short time before escalating.
Shortly after 3:20 a.m., it’s believed the same men approached another male in the Terrace Park Townhomes parking lot at 3110 Elm Hill Pike. The man was robbed and the thieves left. One of the men returned moments later and shot the victim in the leg before taking off again. The wounded man was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The man’s condition is unknown.
Ten minutes later, the robbers were involved in a car crash at the intersection of 2nd Avenue North and Madison Street. After rear-ending another vehicle, the group of men, along with the other driver, inspected the vehicles for damage. The lone occupant of the rammed car was robbed at gunpoint and then shot in the torso. The robbers fled the scene.
A witness to the incident, Kyle Phillips, said the group of men at the car crash scene appeared to be composed until the shooting happened. Another driver stopped at the scene, and the two men helped the victim until emergency responders arrived. The wounded man was in critical condition when taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The robbers’ vehicle was discovered at 19th Avenue North and Britt Place hours later by Metro Nashville Police Department helicopter pilot Steve Combs and Officer Ben Miller during an air search across the city.
The suspected 16-year-old driver was apprehended nearby.
The Metro Nashville Police Department asks anyone with any information about the robberies or suspects to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.