NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Leanna Houchens has sharp words for the gunman who reportedly shot her brother at least 8 times in a downtown parking garage during the CMA Music Festival.
Houchens is the oldest of five children, one of whom was the victim of the violent shooting on June 13.
“We want justice. We want the guy to be caught. We want him behind bars where he belongs,” she told News 2.
Houchens and her youngest brother said 39-year-old Shane Hinton, the oldest boy in the family and a construction worker from Kentucky, was enjoying the CMA festival before the crime occurred.
That Saturday morning, he entered the parking garage at Third Avenue North in Lower Broad when police say he and his friend, Boris Bunn, discovered their car had been broken into.
The friends then heard two car alarms going off and responded to the noise.
That’s when Hinton and Bunn confronted Ismail Ahmed, who police say had possessions from their car, and a second suspect. Ahmed is accused of opening fire on them from point blank range.
Houchen told News 2 the gunman used a .40 caliber semi-automatic gun and fired 15 times total, striking Hinton at least eight times but likely 10 or 11.
He was wearing a CMA Music Festival badge when he was shot. It now has a bullet hole through the logo.
Hinton was hit in the right ankle, right heel, right lower calf, right thigh, left ankle, left femur, left buttocks, left elbow, left forearm, the back and torso.
Bullets hit Hinton’s lungs and intestines, avoiding major organs like the brain, heart and spine.
He’s expected to make a full recovery but not after a long rehabilitation and recovery. His family says he is a miracle.
“He is kind-hearted to everyone he meets. He treats everyone with respect. Shane is very fun loving. He is a straight up guy,” Houchens told News 2. “He is very charming. He gets along with everyone, he helps mom and dad, and he is a hard worker, and he loves his nieces and nephews.”
“It’s just remarkable that he is still here today. I love him to death,” said his brother, Adam Hinton.
“We consider the progress he has made a miracle,” Houchens added.
Now weeks later, the alleged shooter is still at large.
Metro police said Ahmed was arrested last February on felony marijuana and gun charges. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor pot possession and the gun charges were dropped. Ahmed did one year of probation and never went to jail.
Anyone who knows of Ahmed’s whereabouts is urged to contact police at 615-862-8600 or Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
The family said Hinton used 100 units of blood after the shooting, which is why they’re asking everyone to donate blood to the American Red Cross.
Several blood drives are being held in his honor in both Hardinsburg and Leitchfield, Kentucky, and the family has started a campaign called “Sleeves Up.”
The Hardinsburg event is being held July 14 at Hardinsburg Baptist Church from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. The second event is being held at the Walmart in Leitchfield on July 24 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
At SleevesUp.RedCrossBlood.org, donations can be made in Hinton’s honor using the code “SHHI.”
Additionally, the family wants to thank the Loews Hotel, Hampton Inn and Nashville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau for helping them with hotel arrangements so Hinton’s parents could remain in town.