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Robber Drops Gun During Getaway, Shoots Himself In Leg

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Ladon Giddens Ladon Giddens
Michael McLemore Michael McLemore
Kameron Coleman Kameron Coleman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself in the leg during his getaway following a robbery in the Antioch area.

A police affidavit said the robbery victims, ages 22 and 8, were getting into a vehicle in the parking lot of the Preakness apartments on Bell Road around 6 p.m. when they were approached by a man, later identified as 18-year-old Ladon Giddens. They said he pointed a gun at them, and demanded their belongings.

They complied, and the robber fled the scene with an iPhone and approximately $10. During his getaway, Giddens dropped his gun, which discharged. He was hit in the leg but hobbled around one of the apartment complex buildings and got into a Chrysler Sebring.

The victims called police, and area hospital were put on alert for a shooting victim. Police were soon notified by Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna that a gunshot victim had been brought in. Giddens was later taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Hospital authorities told police Giddens had been brought in by two men in a white Chrysler Sebring, and those two men and the vehicle were still there. 

Police interviewed 20-year-old Michael McLemore and 19-year-old Kameron Coleman, who told them they were with Giddens when he told them to pull into an apartment complex. Coleman told police he let Giddens out of the car and parking. A few minutes later, Giddens limped back to the car and collpased. They put him in the car, and drove him to Stonecrest. Neither McLemore nor Coleman called police or medical personnel in Nashville to report that Giddens had been shot.

They were charged with facilitation of aggravated robbery, and were held in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Giddens will be charged with aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery once he is released from the hospital. He remained in stable condition after surgery.

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