Store clerk robbed, killed leaving East Nashville business

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 6:02pm
Staff reports

Metro police say the person or persons who fatally shot Smoke Depot market clerk Usama Younan Shehata on Wednesday night were likely looking for cash.

Detectives said Shehata, 35, who had been the night clerk for only a few days, set the alarm and walked out of the store at approximately 10:11 p.m. Shots were fired less than one minute later.

A passerby discovered Shehata’s lifeless body near his parked car at the 1201-A Porter Road business at 10:34 p.m., police said.

Police are scrutinizing surveillance video from the store and an area business.

East Precinct investigators are working to identify a man seen outside the market shortly after it had closed but before Shehata exited. Police said the individual is black and wore a white hat, dark (possibly blue) jacket and a bandana around his neck.

Anyone knowing an individual in the Porter Road area who was wearing similar clothing Wednesday night is urged to contact East Precinct Investigations at 862-7525 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

A reward of $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information in this case. Persons can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES), or by going online to

6 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 4/9/10 at 6:44

Respect for "Life" continues to drop further and further
with an ever growing population within our society. Why,
oh why, is this happening? So sad!

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 7:35

Well, capitalism, in the form of violent militaristic video games, tv programs and movies teaches the impressionable young that such killings and violence are acceptable. When parents and others do not act to counter this violent trend, this is what happens.

By: Alphadog7 on 4/9/10 at 9:36

Don't you mean greed? Not capitalism? Definitely not the same.

By: Not So Fast on 4/9/10 at 10:04

re: Kosh III

A founding tenet of free market economics is the protection of personal property under the law. To say that "capitalism" encourages otherwise is ludicrous and irresponsible.

I would venture to guess that the assailants were the product of a much different culture than the one fostered by "Modern Warfare 2: Call of Duty."

On the contrary, you are looking at the product of the modern Welfare state.

By: Ridgerider on 4/10/10 at 12:56

As long as there are people there will be criminals and violent conflicts. The most that can be hoped for, is that society can devise ways to keep criminal activity and violence under control. That can be done, but doing so will become more and more challenging as the number of offenders and their age grows and gets younger. Americans are not culturally or emotionally accoustomed to dealing with children as hardened criminals, which increasingly they must be. Troublsome youths working their way up the criminal food chain must begin to see their role models ruthlessly destroyed and their remains left to rot on the streets like road kill so any romantic notions they may hold about the glories of gangstahood are quickly dispelled. The fate that awaits each of them should be clear and unmistakable.

By: hobobill on 4/11/10 at 2:57

could be an addict just needing a fix.. dude didnt have to die