NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three people have been detained for questioning as Metro police investigate six violent crimes that occurred in Nashville over a two-hour time span early Friday morning.
The crime spree, which is believed to have been committed by the same individuals, took place from about 2:45 a.m. to 4:45 a.m. in various locations throughout the city.
In the first incident, three people were shot outside a north Nashville nightclub early Friday morning on Hampton Street.
The victims said they noticed a white Dodge sedan parked close to them as they left Jazzy’s Sensations Nightclub just before 3 a.m.
As the trio got into their vehicle, they reported they were approached by a masked gunman who was armed with two pistols. The gunman opened fire as they drove away, the victims reported.
The injured adults drove themselves to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment and arrived around 3 a.m. Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening.
The victims reportedly arrived at Vanderbilt in a vehicle with bullet holes on its side.
Police believe the same gunman and at least one accomplice then traveled to a parking garage at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where a 31-year-old man was carjacked around 4 a.m.
The victim stated the gunman ordered him to the ground and demanded his wallet and keys.
The gunman then fled the scene in the man’s white GMC pickup truck. A white Dodge Magnum was also seen fleeing the garage with the truck.
Minutes later, a News 2 photographer witnessed two people who were sitting in a Ford Mustang being robbed at gunpoint outside of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The suspected gunman pulled up in a white pickup truck and demanded money. The suspect took a CD case from the Mustang before getting back in the struck and fleeing.
Our photographer called 911 and gave a statement to police. He was not injured in the incident.
The same suspects are also believed to have been involved in other overnight crimes, including a robbery that occurred around 4:15 a.m. at MidSouth Produce located at 1215 Baptist World Center Drive. According to police, a gunman demanded cash from one employee and directed the victim to take him to the safe.
A second employee saw what was happening and armed himself with his own pistol and confronted the gunman.
Police said when the gunman saw the other employee was armed he ran from the business to a white pickup truck. The store employee fired one shot at the gunman.
Just after 4:20 a.m. police responded to a robbery call at a Whites Creek Pike apartment complex. In that incident, police said the gunman got out of a white GMC pickup truck and robbed a man who was working on a vehicle in the complex’s parking lot.
Less than 15 minutes later, police were called to a robbery that occurred in a parking lot located at 3709 Clarksville Pike. Police said in that incident, a gunman in a white pickup truck confronted several people and demanded their belongings.
One of the victims attempted to block the suspect’s truck with their vehicle. The gunman rammed the victim’s vehicle.
Police said another citizen then reached inside the GMC pickup and grabbed a pistol from the robber’s lap. That person and another armed citizen both fired shots at the suspect.
Just before 4:40 a.m. police responded to a vehicle fire on LaGrange Ave. Police later determined the vehicle, a white GMC pickup truck, was the one that was stolen from the Vanderbilt parking garage.
Two men and a woman were detained after police received a tip that a Dodge Magnum that closely matched the description of the sedan that was seen at the club shooting and during the carjacking was found backed into a home on Hinkle Drive near where the burned out pickup truck was found.
The three adults said no one else was inside the home. Police are now trying to determine how many people were inside the sedan at the time of the shooting.
A search warrant is being obtained for the home.
Authorities said the victims were able to provide police with detailed suspect information.
Police have not released the identities of the adults who are being detained.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.