Feds charge pair with weapons possession after gun battle

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 2:57pm

Two known gang members allegedly involved in Monday afternoon’s shootout now face a federal charge connected to the shooting.

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville alleges that Finis D. Lewis, 33, and Quinten T. Smith, 26, were both involved in the violent gun battle that broke out at 2:45 p.m. Monday on Albion Street.

Lewis is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm after a federal agent alleged in an affidavit that Lewis fired several shots from a .357-caliber revolver in the shootout. Lewis received a gunshot wound to his arm in the shooting, according to Metro police.

The complaint states that Smith fired a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun during the shootout in which he, Lewis and another unnamed man got out of a rented silver Chevrolet Impala and opened fire on the occupants of a dark-colored vehicle.

Smith is charged with possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of domestic violence.

Clarence Claybrooks, 33, was later found dead in a nearby yard with an AK-47 beside him. Another man, later identified by Metro police as 26-year-old Corey L. Smith was found in Hadley Park with a gunshot wound to his chest.

The federal complaint identifies Lewis and Quinten Smith as leaders of the Global Gangster Crime Family.

A detention and preliminary hearing is set for Lewis Friday afternoon.

10 Comments on this post:

By: GuardianDevil01 on 7/15/11 at 4:58

It is very sad that violent criminals must face federal charges before they face the prospect of spending more than a few months behind bars, but with the way our cowardly and corrupt state criminal justice system works this is what it has come to.

By: Moonglow1 on 7/15/11 at 6:48

Moonglow1: so many gun battles in TN. And now the gun lobby NRA is pushing for more guns. It is not enough for them to have guns in bars. They want guns in cars and while driving and more and more guns. Well then, there you have it. The combination of guns, thugs, and gangs. Well Haslam, is that your prescription for drawing business to Nashville. Guns and creationism. Oh, and no energy efficient light bulbs (per Marsha Blackburn). You go Tennessee. This state is now at the forefront of innovation brought to your by our "esteemed" Tea Party leaders and their ALEC priorities.

By: C.A.Jones on 7/15/11 at 7:27

@Moonglow1: You tell em!!! I can't believe that the NRA is always pushing for more guns! What is wrong with these people?!! Look, it's clear as day. If you have a gun, you will commit a violent crime. The stats are there! These guys all had guns with them. What happened? They committed crimes!! It's a fact that guns cause crime. It's also a fact that pencils cause mis-spelled words, Measuring cups cause sucky cupcakes, and steering wheels cause accidents. STOP THE PRODUCTION OF STEERING WHEELS IMMEDIATELY!!!!! Just last week I was driving down the road with my gun in my car and I saw an accident happen. A car rear-ended another car at a traffic light. I couldn't help but be sad knowing that if they didn't have a steering wheel in that car, they never would have left the house that day and they wouldn't have had an accident. We ALL know that if we didn't have accident prone steering wheels that more businesses would come to Nashville. What a bunch of stupid people!!!!!!

By: fishfry on 7/15/11 at 7:44

Oh and don't forget knives! Next time you want to cut into a juicy steak or a tough veggie be sure to try using your index finger for a knife! Knives after all are greater criminals than guns!

By: GUARDIAN on 7/15/11 at 8:00

GUARDIAN- Moonglow1 here is your sign. You marxist are soooo stupid.

By: ltntn on 7/15/11 at 9:48

You people are IDIOTS. The NRA only supports legal firearms possession. NONE OF THOSE WEAPONS WERE LEGAL! The NRA supports the enforcement of existing gun laws. Again, NONE OF THOSE WEAPONS WERE LEGAL. When guna are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. I have many legal weapons and have never commited a violent crime, Jones, but I will assure you that if you show up at my house to commit a violent crime, you will be met with lethal force.

By: Nitzche on 7/15/11 at 10:04

These redneck white people need to go!

By: C.A.Jones on 7/15/11 at 12:38

@ Nitzche: DOWN WITH WHITEY!!!!!!!

By: ltntn on 7/15/11 at 1:59

Mr. Jones:
Thanks so much for your educated and informative response. Enough said!!!

By: C.A.Jones on 7/16/11 at 10:38

You don't have to call me Mister, Mister. The whole world calls me Hank!