Man dies in shootout at outside East Nashville hookah lounge

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was shot in the head and died during a shootout outside an East Nashville hookah lounge early Sunday morning.

Metro police say it happened outside Cloud IX on Gallatin Pike in Inglewood just after 1 a.m.

The victim, Nigel Phill, was driven by someone to TriStar Skyline Medical Center where he died.

Nigel Phill (Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

Witnesses told police gunshots were exchanged between at least two people in the lounge’s parking lot. The only suspect description authorities could provide is the shooter is a black man who was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

Cloud IX has since released a statement that said in part, “To the family of Nigel Phill, words will never be enough to express our sympathies. We stand with you as you seek information that will lead to justice in this tragedy. To our customers we appreciate you and thank you for your support. However, we ask that you turn your attention to the grieving family and offer them silent encouragement or information that will provide them some resolve in this investigation.”

The statement continued, “To our neighbors and East Nashville community, although this was an isolated incident, it heightens the need to come together as we work to strengthen the safety in our community. We will continue to work with our immediate neighbors, our councilwoman and the authorities to ensure our commitment to safety.”

No additional information was immediately released. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.