NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police have recovered a car in Goodlettsville believed to have been used in a shooting that wounded two Vanderbilt football players and two gas station robberies across Nashville.
The red Toyota was found at the America’s Best Value Inn on Rivergate Parkway around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
An officer patrolling the area noticed the car in the lot, which is when investigators determined the car was linked to the two crimes.
The shooting happened in the Target parking lot on White Bridge Road around on Monday night 8:45 p.m.
The Z Mart on Gallatin Avenue was robbed at 2 a.m. followed by the T-Fuel on Eatons Creek Road around 3 a.m.
The car was stolen during an arranged meeting between two groups involving an “ill-conceived plan” to recover a stolen cell phone.
Vanderbilt player Donaven Tennyson reportedly sold a cell phone through a website earlier this week. Police said Tennyson first met with the prospective buyer in a Chili’s parking lot on West End around 5 p.m. Monday.
Tennyson reportedly told police it was during that meeting that his cellphone was stolen. He said he later noticed the phone had been put up for sale on the same website by the alleged thief.
Tennyson, 19, went to the parking lot with two friends and fellow students, O’montae Daley and Frank Coppet. Police said the college students brought a pellet pistol with them in an effort to get the phone back.Police said Tennyson then created a fake account on the site, requested to purchase the phone, and arranged to meet the seller in the Target parking lot Monday evening.
According to a release, the football players pulled up next to the seller’s gray Buick sedan in the Toyota Corolla when Coppet got out of the car with the pellet gun in his hand. It was then a man in the Buick got out of his car and shot at them with a pistol of his own while another man still inside the car fired a shotgun.
Police said Daley and Coppet were both injured by the gunfire. One of the gunmen fled in the Buick, while the other drove away in Daley’s Toyota.
The Toyota was then used in the two gas station robberies early Tuesday morning.
The suspects in the robberies, who were both armed, robbed the clerks at gunpoint before fleeing both stores.
The men were seen leaving the T-Fuel robbery in Joelton in a red Toyota.
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