NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A search is underway for a man who shot a female Nashville Electric Service (NES) meter reader twice Monday morning in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of East Nashville.
Police say the victim parked her vehicle and got out on Richardson Avenue near North Eighth Street when she was approached by a man who demanded money around 7:50 a.m.
When the woman told the gunman she didn’t have any money, he shot her in the leg two times.
According to Metro police, the victim handed over her wallet before the man took off in the NES vehicle.
Amy Binkley, who lives near the scene, told News 2 she heard the first gunshot and a woman scream, “Please don’t hit me,” followed by three additional shots.
As she ran to the front of her home, she says she saw the suspect take off in the 38-year-old victim’s work vehicle.
Binkley, a nurse, ran inside her home and asked her husband to call 911 while she grabbed some towels and ran outside to apply pressure to the woman’s wounds.
She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to NES Corporate Communications Supervisor Laurie Parker.
A short time later, the NES vehicle was found a nearby in an alley between Lischey Avenue and North Sixth Street. The woman’s stolen items were also found.
The search continues through the area for the suspect, who is described as a man in his 20s or early 30s around 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He also has gold teeth or a grill and neck tattoos.
Police say he may have ran toward the Parkway Terrace public housing development on North Seventh Street.
Anyone with information about the robber is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
Nearby schools Glenn Elementary, KIPP’s Kirkpatrick Elementary and Collegiate High were placed on a lockout Monday, which means the building’s doors are locked and no one goes in or out while school proceeds as usual.
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