Detectives are trying to sort out what led to a late-morning shooting along Lafayette Street near the J.C. Napier public housing development Monday that left one man injured.
According to the police investigation to date, two men tried to rob two other men near the intersection of North Hill and Lewis streets as the victims walked to a nearby store. One of the reported robbers shot one victim, a 23-year-old man, above his left knee at 11 a.m. Monday.
The man who was shot in the knee was taken to Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. Police are looking for the alleged shooter and the other man reportedly involved. Both men were described as black men in their early- to mid-20s.
The suspected shooter is described as 5-foot-9-inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds, wearing all black clothing with his hair pulled back into a ponytail and armed with a handgun. The other suspect allegedly involved in the robbery attempt is described as 5-feet-7-inches tall with a thin build, having short hair and wearing black shorts with a white T-shirt.
Nothing was taken from ether victim during the alleged robbery attempt, according to Metro police spokeswoman Kris Mumford. The reported victims then retreated to a house on Shepard Street.
The other victim called friends and told them what happened. All of them then met up and drove around in a white Chevy Suburban looking for the alleged shooter, whom they told police they later spotted walking on Lafayette Street near Lincoln Street.
When the men in the Suburban pulled into a parking lot to confront the suspect, he pulled out a gun, fired at least five shots at the vehicle and ran into the area of the Napier homes.
At that point, the victims drove back to the Shepard Street home and called 9-1-1. A Metro police helicopter responded and joined the initial search for the suspect. Police are continuing to investigate the shooting.