Metro police release surveillance video in tourist’s downtown murder

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville police released surveillance Monday in the murder of a tourist who was shot and killed downtown.

Teddy Grasset, who was visiting from California with a friend, was killed in what’s being called an attempted robbery on Fourth Avenue South near Demonbreun Street on Sept. 25.

Police say the Impala involved in the case had a distinctive blue light on its license plate, a sunroof, and a spoiler on the trunk.

“I have no doubt that persons in our area have seen this vehicle and likely know who it belongs to,” Commander John Drake said. “The distinctive bluish hue coming off of the rear license plate sets this Impala apart. I truly believe that there are those in our community who can help us identify those responsible for this senseless act.”

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Surveillance shows Grasset, 30, was killed without provocation after he and his friend were approached by two men who got out of the Impala.

One suspect got out of the passenger seat and the other form the rear passenger side.

Police say the gunman, who was the front seat passenger, wore a black hooded sweatshirt and light pants. The rear seat passenger wore a white ball cap, a dark short sleeve pullover shirt and what appear to be jeans. He wore black tennis shoes with white soles. The driver of the Impala remained in the vehicle.

Commander Drake also spoke at a press conference Monday, saying “this is not Nashville.”

“Nashville is a place people come to and love. It’s been years since we’ve had any incident such as this, and so that’s why we want to come to the community now for their help and their assistance,” he continued.

Anyone who recognizes the car or suspects who get out of it is urged to call 615-742-7463. A reward of $10,000, in addition to Crime Stoppers’ reward of up to $1,000, is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible.

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