Two members of rival gangs are hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after Metro police foiled an attempted “hit” outside a north Nashville coin laundry.
An officer responding to the area of Clifton and 28th avenues witnessed the gunplay and opened fire on Aaron Gooch, 20, a known Bloods gang affiliate, who was allegedly firing on a Gangster Disciples affiliate.
Gooch allegedly shot Kenneth “Little Kenny” Ellis, 23, after Ellis came out of a laundry in the area.
The first to arrive, Detective Gerry Hyder, stopped his vehicle in the middle of the street, took cover behind it, and yelled for Gooch to drop his gun and get on the ground, police said. Gooch, who was moving on foot through the parking lot, refused to comply.
Police said Hyder fired on Gooch, who was hit in the hip area. He went down in the parking lot, and Hyder rendered aid while calling for an ambulance.
Ellis, who had received gunshot wounds to his legs from Gooch’s bullets, made his way across the street into a nail salon. Witnesses there told police Ellis, who was armed, made his way out the back door. He tried to flee the area on foot but collapsed in a nearby field as the result of his wounds, police said.
Ellis is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Gooch is in critical but stable condition.
Hyder, 38, a nine-year police department veteran, is on routine administrative assignment, as is customary in police shooting matters.