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Gun-Sale Shooting Victim Was Newlywed

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police continue the search for the two men believed to have shot and killed a man during a gun sale. The shooting in a west Nashville shopping center had people nearby in shock.

"It's one of those feelings you can't believe you saw something like that," said one shopper.

The victim, 30-year-old Joshua McLean, was shot at least twice in his chest during his attempt to sell six guns to buyers found on Craigslist.  Friends said Joshua was a loving brother and newlywed-- married to his wife for just six weeks.

Selling guns online in Tennessee is not against the law or even uncommon, but Craigslist rules do not allow gun sales, according to its web site.

"He wasn't being obvious about it, and as far as I can tell, he wasn't being stupid about it and still managed to be crosswise and bad things happened to him," said firearms salesman, Bill Bernstein.

Bernstein is a licensed firearm salesman in East Nashville. He said for Joshua to meet potential buyers in a public, well-lit place with his brother, were all the right things to do.

"Before I had this license, yes, I sold guns over hoods of cars and parking lots and met people and all that kind of stuff; I never had a problem like that," said Bernstein.

He said you never know what or who you will run into from online, so anyone with doubts should avoid the contact and look for a safer option.

"If a person has a concern about it, he can deal with those concerns by dealing with a licensed dealer. He'll never have a problem that way," said Bernstein.

Anyone with any information about Saturday night's shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74 CRIME (742-7463).


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