NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 37-year-old man was killed and his friend injured early Wednesday in a South Nashville shooting.
Metro police say Leondrae Ridley and his 33-year-old friend were sitting in an SUV outside a home on Flora Maxwell Road when shots rang out around midnight.
Ridley died at the scene. His friend was also hit and is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
According to a press release, the surviving victim, who was able to briefly speak with officers, said he and Ridley were sitting in a Buick Enclave outside Ridley’s home when they were hit by gunfire. He said Ridley got out of the vehicle after being hit. The other victim drove himself to Southern Hills Medical Center and was subsequently transferred to Vanderbilt where he underwent surgery.
Metro police say detectives are optimistic the surviving victim will be able to provide additional information about what happened as his medical condition improves.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.
Neighbors described Ridley as an involved father and a community leader. He had recently graduated from school to become a truck driver.
We spoke with after school teacher Dajanae Cole, who taught three of Ridley’s children. She explained the emotions she is dealing with right now.
“I am sad and I am angry because, like I said, he was one of the good fathers. We work with a lot of kids who don’t have their fathers around. So, I am angry that one of the good ones got taken away and I am heartbroken for the kids that I am with three days a week,” said Cole.
“He is such a committed dad. He loves his kids, loves his wife. Not just his kids, he has got nephews and nieces where he is like their dad. Also he is a leader in the neighborhood. I would never expect this would happen to him. I’m heartbroken,” said Brian Hicks a family friend.