Metro police: Man charged for firing shots into his stolen car, injuring teen

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville man is accused of firing a rifle into his own stolen Dodge Charger.

Metro police said at least three teenagers were inside the car at the time of the shooting.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night near the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Lafayette Street, not far from the Interstate 40 overpass.

According to a press release, Antonio Johnson discovered his car had been stolen just a few hours before. He called police and then drove around looking for his car.

Antonio Johnson (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

At 9 p.m., Johnson told police he spotted the car on Shelby Avenue near Nissan Stadium. The Charger entered I-24, merged onto I-40, and exited at Second Avenue, with Johnson closely following.

Metro police say he rammed the Charger’s driver side with his Nissan Rogue before firing shots into the car although he acknowledged he did not see anyone inside the Charger with a weapon.

The teens in the Charger bailed out and ran in different directions, the press release states, and Johnson reportedly had a passerby call police.

Police said a short time later, a 17-year-old arrived at Vanderbilt University Medical Center by private vehicle with a gunshot wound to his groin. He is in stable condition and, upon discharge, will be booked at Juvenile Court on a charge of auto theft.

A 14-year-old who went to the hospital with the 17-year-old was arrested for auto theft. Charges against one or two other teens are anticipated.

Johnson, 33, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault. He is now free on $70,000 bond.