Gun violence up in Nashville as police investigate 4 murders in 4 days

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The last week of September was a violent one on the streets of Nashville with four men being shot and killed between Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon in separate incidents.

Metro police continue to investigate the murder of 21-year-old John Morrow, who was shot inside Club Kilimanjaro on Artic Avenue, Sunday morning.

Late Sunday, just before Midnight, Teddy Grasset, 30, of Los Angeles was shot and killed during an attempted robbery on Fourth Avenue South, near Korean Veterans Boulevard and not too far from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp released a statement about Grasset’s murder that read, “Safety has always been our top priority. Without it, you don’t have a travel destination. Our relationship with Metro police is as strong as you’ll find in any other city. We stand with them in helping ensure this incident is isolated and not recurring, and we will do everything we can to assist. As Nashville grows, we will continue to work closely with Metro police and our visitors to remain a safe, friendly destination. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.”

On Wednesday, just before 3 a.m., a passerby on Ellington Parkway near Briley Parkway spotted Ryan Scott Trent’s SUV crashed into a line of trees.

Initially, officers thought Trent died from injuries sustained in the crash, but the medical examiner discovered that someone shot him.

Then Wednesday afternoon, Christopher Sparks, 36, was shot and killed in what police believe is a road rage incident on Buchannan Street and Ed Temple Boulevard.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 28 of this year, there have been 209 shooting victims in Metro Nashville-Davidson County.

The number is an increase of eight victims when compared to the same time period of 2015.

So far this year, Metro police have a total of 55 murders, which is compared to 53 during the same time period last year. There were a total of 79 murders in Nashville in all of 2015.

The vast majority of the murder victims were killed by a firearm.

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