Gang shootout leaves one man dead, two others injured

Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:58pm

What police have called a gang-related shootout Monday afternoon left one man dead, two injured and a two felons, who were once indicted in a murder case, back in jail.

Around 2:45 p.m. two vehicles carrying up to eight people from rival gangs drove onto Albion Street before a large volley of gunfire rang out — much of it from “assault-type weapons” — police said.

The man who was killed — 33-year-old convicted felon Clarence Claybrooks — was later found a few blocks from Tennessee State University in a yard in the 3000 block of Albion Street, with one of the rifles lying beside him.

Police said 26-year-old Corey L. Smith, of South Seventh Street (police alleged  Smith initially identified himself as Jermaine Baldwin), was shot in the chest and listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Quinten Smith, 26, a convicted felon from North Second Street, was taken into custody near where police found Corey Smith.

Quinten Smith and convicted felon Finis Lewis, who was shot in the arm during Monday’s shootout, were both indicted for the murder of a man in the J.C. Napier housing development. Both those charges were dismissed because of a lack of witness cooperation.

Officers also arrested Lewis, 33, of Lucile Street, at the scene of Monday’s shooting. Lewis, who was transported to Nashville General Hospital at Meharry for treatment, was out of jail on a $125,000 bond in drug and weapons case set for trial next February.

Those involved were expected to face federal weapons charges in connection with Monday’s shooting.

Others involved in the shooting drove away from the scene in a black car. North Precinct detectives, the police department’s Gang Unit and federal agents are working to identify those who fled the scene.

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4 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/12/11 at 9:05

They should have been left alone, so they could complete their mission and each gang deplete the other. Wouldn't Nashville be better off, with both gangs gone?

By: GUARDIAN on 7/12/11 at 1:03

GUARDIAN- Gangs were #1 on the Dept. of Justice hit list till 9/11 happened. They should be returned to the head of the list and wiped out.

By: localboy on 7/13/11 at 8:25

Maybe instead of a new ballpark for the Sounds, the mayor should be studying the need for a place where the rival gangs can work out their differences - Thunderdome!

By: Cookie47 on 7/13/11 at 12:11

And some people wonder why handgun carry permit holders enable themselves to carry legally. Of course, we're also smart enough to stay out of the bad parts of town as much as possible as well.

Arm yourselves people. The crazy people are taking over the asylum.