Man shot in back, killed at Nashville gas station; 2 wanted

L to R: Suspected gunman and getaway driver (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are looking for two men they say shot a man in the back, killing him, at gas station near Hadley Park.

It happened at the Marathon on the corner of John A. Merritt Boulevard and 28th Avenue North at 1:45 a.m.

Authorities say Quinton Thornton, 35, was standing beside his Dodge Challenger near the pumps when he appeared to have words with two men outside.

(Photo: WKRN)

When Thornton walked over to an older-model gray Lincoln Continental, he was shot in the back, police said.

According to a press release, the shooter then jumped into the passenger seat of the Lincoln while the second man drove away.

Thornton was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

The motive for his murder is undetermined.

Metro police are now hoping the public can help identify the two men, saying they urge the driver, who did not fire any shots, to come forward.

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

The getaway driver is a younger black man who wore a blue Under Armour sweatshirt and black pants.

The shooter is an older black man who wore a burgundy T-shirt, black pants and a blue cap.

Anyone recognizing them or the car from the attached surveillance photos is asked to immediately contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

Family members showed up at the gas station after learning about the shooting. A man who said he was the victim’s uncle told News 2 he believes his nephew was just getting off work and stopping to get gas when he was shot. He says his nephew was a “good guy” who had five kids.