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 www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com