South Nashville bar owner killed in targeted shooting, police say

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police say a south Nashville bar owner was killed in a targeted shooting early Sunday morning.

It happened at 12:30 a.m. at the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant at 2525 Murfreesboro Pike.

A witness says the owner, 41-year-old Gitem Demissie, of Antioch, was about to close up for the night when a man wearing a mask walked in.

Gitem Demissie (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

He reportedly approached Demissie, shot him multiple times, and then fled the scene.

Demissie was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The gunman is described as a light-skinned male with a thin build who is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a mask, all black long sleeved shirt, and black jeans.

Police are investigating to see if Demissie was involved in any recent disputes.

Anyone with relevant information about him or who may be responsible for his murder is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.