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Police Search For Gunman In 2008 Metro Center Murder


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police have lots of questions and few answers about a murder near Metro Center. Someone shot and killed a man as he left for work in September of 2008. 

Police have a pretty good description of the vehicle, but they still need help solving the crime. 

Roderick Thomas was murdered just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24. Thomas had just left his job at Thrifty Car Sales on Rosa Parks Boulevard. He drove his red Ford Taurus toward Clarksville Highway. 

Co-workers told police it appeared someone followed Thomas out of the parking lot in a SUV. 

"The SUV followed him. They went down French Landing and at the intersection of French Landing and Vantage Way the SUV pulled up beside Mr. Thomas. A male black subject got out with a bandana over his face and opened fire on the car," said Jim Fuqua with the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

Police said the gunman calmly walked back to the SUV. The vehicle turned around and drove away. Thomas' car rolled down the street and it came to rest against a tree in the median. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died. 

"The motive is still under investigation, and we're just asking anyone that has information on Mr. Thomas' murder to please contact us," said Fuqua. 

Police are looking for a white Chevy Trailblazer. They think it has black side moldings and damage to the passenger side front fender. 

"Thomas was apparently a very hard working man. He had children. He worked two jobs on a regular basis, and we'd like to get something for the family in this," said Fuqua. 

If you have information about the murder of Roderick Thomas near Metro Center call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME, or submit a tip through their website.

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