NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – One person was killed and another injured in a shooting at a popular Midtown fast food restaurant early Sunday morning.
Metro police believe the victims, 19-year-old Ryan Weaver of Cordova and 25-year-old Murray Gross of Memphis, were specifically targeted in the shooting.
It happened at 3:15 a.m. at the Cook-Out restaurant, located at 1809 West End Avenue near the intersection of 18th Avenue.
Weaver and Gross reportedly arrived at the restaurant together with at least one other man.
While the details remain unclear, police on the scene told News 2 the gunman began shooting at the men inside Cook-Out before continuing in the parking lot.
Weaver was critically injured before the gunman chased Gross as he fled from the building, firing multiple shots in his direction.
Gross first went to his vehicle, which was parked but running outside, but apparently was unable to get inside. He then ran through an alley behind the restaurant to 18th Avenue where the gunman fired more shots.
Gross was hit and died in the street.
Weaver was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with injuries to his abdomen and leg. An update on his condition was not immediately known.
Metro police said they received information both victims were acquaintances with the gunman.
They continue to seek information to identify the suspect. He is described as a black in his 20s who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information about this case or the gunman’s potential identity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or Midtown Hills Investigations at 615-880-1817.
Due to the restaurant’s close proximity to Vanderbilt University, school officials alerted students and warned to stay clear of the area and “seek shelter immediately.”
Vanderbilt police are assisting Metro in the investigation.
Authorities said at the time of the shooting, Weaver was wanted on outstanding warrants by Tennessee State University police charging him with aggravated robbery, aggravated trespassing and evading arrest.
Weaver is accused of robbing an 18-year-old TSU student at gunpoint on Jan. 30.