NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Friends held a fundraiser at The Batter’s Box for Dietrich Minor, 27, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Metro police said the two men who tried to rob Minor on September 27, robbed a man at gunpoint earlier in the evening.
Minor lost his health insurance two weeks before the shooting, so his friends hoped to raise money to offset his medical expenses.
“Everybody knows him this is like a little cheers where everybody knows who everybody is,” the Batter’s Box Owner Chris Austin said. “He is doing better, I talked to his mom and thank God he is alive.”
Minor was hanging out with friends at the Batter’s Box, when he left to walk to a nearby gas station.
Police said the two men approached him as he walked back to the bar.
One of the men shot Minor and he was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition.
“He is progressing really well he is still got a little bit of a long road to go but for the most part he is doing really well for his condition,” Minor’s close friend Erica Mansker said.” He is just a really awesome dude, full of life. “
She continued, “He doesn’t meet a stranger he just is all around a good guy. He is the nicest guy I’ve ever met.”
Metro police are still looking for the two suspects.
One is described as a white man 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing around 200 pounds. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
The man with him is described as a black man who is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 175 pounds. He had on a white shirt with a pattern.
Police believe the two men committed a separate armed robbery at 3rd Avenue South and Lea Avenue earlier in the evening.
“We all want the best for him,” Mansker said. “We all know that he would want the best for anyone else in this situation.”
The fundraising event also had a silent auction and t-shirts for sale.
A GoFundMe has also been set up, in addition to the cookout.
Anyone with information about the suspects is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
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