NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police said a man was shot during an argument over a girl in south Nashville late Wednesday morning.
It happened at the Thrifty Inn located in the 300 block of Harding Place around 11 a.m.
Witnesses reported that Medrick Elliot and the 29-year-old victim, Raymond Crump, were arguing outside of Crump’s girlfriend’s room when he was shot in the shoulder.
Nineteen-year-old Jeffery Cunningham told News 2 he was asleep at the motel when he was jolted awaked.
“I woke up to a loud argument upstairs,” he recalled. “I heard a gunshot and everything went quiet.”
Cunningham said he ran to the third level of the motel and offered assistance.
“It was so much drama going on. You saw him leaning over the door and I said, ‘You need help?’ and he said yeah. Nobody else wanted to do anything at the time.”
He continued, “He started to blink and said I’m going to pass out. I’m going to die. I said no, you’re not.”
The teen told News 2 he drove Crump to a nearby police precinct before he was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Elizabeth Ford said she had just walked into the precinct to renew her tags when Cunningham ran in and said a gunshot victim needed help.
“Seeing him come in crying for help and sitting right in front of the building with a person in the car is very upsetting and you’re right at the police station. It’s very upsetting,” she said.
Police arrested Elliot, who is a convicted felon, at a nearby McDonald’s a short time later.
“He still had the handgun with him [at the time of his arrest],” South Precinct Commander Paul Trickery said.
Police said the recovered handgun was reported stolen during a home burglary on Drummond Drive in July. The weapon was discovered in Elliot’s jacket pocket, police said.
Elliot faces charges of aggravated assault, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and marijuana possession.
At the time of his arrest, Elliot was wanted on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear and a felony probation violation.
He was convicted of aggravated burglary in April and received a four-year mostly probated sentence. He also has previous convictions for domestic assault and drug possession.
Police said since January, they have been called to the Thrifty Inn 207 times for service. Those calls ranged from drugs, to assault to domestic disturbance.