1 killed, 1 injured in fight at Nashville homeless camp

1 killed, 1 injured in fight at Nashville homeless camp (Image 1)

A suspect is in custody following a fight at a south Nashville homeless camp early Tuesday morning that left one man dead and another injured.

Kelly Grimm, 39, is charged criminal homicide and aggravated assault for attacking James Clinard and Brian Benson at the camp near Fort Negley in the area of Bass and Vine streets south of downtown.
 
Clinard, 54, died at the scene.  Benson, 47, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for injuries to his head and back and a broken left wrist.

Metro police detectives said the investigation shows that Clinard, Benson and Grimm were drinking alcohol and eating hotdogs in the early morning hours.

Benson reported that he and Clinard began walking to the tent they share when Grimm attacked Clinard with some type of long blunt object.

Benson said when he asked Grimm what he was doing Grimm attacked him with the same object before turning back to Clinard, who Benson said may then have been struck with a rock.

Benson walked to a nearby convenience store from where police were called around 2 a.m.

When officers arrived at the camp, Grimm was still there and taken into custody.

Benson was treated at Vanderbilt for his injuries.

Grimm is jailed in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Police did not immediately know a motive for the attack.

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