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Former Pro Boxer Shot, Killed Outside Bar

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A former professional boxer was shot and killed outside a Nashville bar early Wednesday morning, and police are investigating whether robbery was the motive.

Metro Police said 48-year-old Loren Ross left the Last Time Around bar on Brick Church Pike just before 1 a.m. As he was walking to his vehicle across the street, witnesses said they heard arguing followed by gunshots. One witness said it appeared someone was trying to rob Ross, and he fought back. 

He was shot multiple times, and found deceased near his car. 

Another man, 35-year-old Tyrus Evans, was struck in the wrist by shrapnel as he was assisting someone with car trouble nearby. He drove himself to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries. 

Police said the gunman was described as a black man, approximately 5'9" tall with a thin build.  He was wearing a tan button up shirt, which was unbuttoned, a white T-shirt underneath, blue or blue jean shorts and a white hat. 

Police said Ross had 24 prior arrests in Nashville, including multiple drug offenses and at least one weapons charge. Narcotics were found next to him and inside his vehicle, according to Metro Police Captain Kenneth Walburn.

Loren "The Boss" Ross won the 1984, 1985, and 1986 United States Amateur Light Heavyweight Championships. He was hospitalized after a fight in 1991, and had to give up boxing due to a heart condition.

Anyone with information on Ross' murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Tips can also been sent to Crime Stoppers by texting the word "CASH" along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

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