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Owner Grazed By Bullet At Market Where Man Was Murdered

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A market owner was grazed by a bullet at a store in north Nashville where his friend was shot and killed in August.

The shooting happened just before 9 a.m. at the Church and Son Market on 15th Avenue North. Police said a man entered the market, asked for some chips and a drink.

After paying $1 for a bag of Cheetos, he opened fire on market owner 55-year-old Augustus Church through a small window where customers are given the items they want to purchase.

Church's arm was grazed by the bullet, and he was treated at the scene for his injuries.

"I looked up and he shot through his coat and grazed my arm. I guess it was a scare tactic, you know what I mean. I praise God I wasn't hurt worse, but I can't go nowhere," Church said.

The shooter then fled the scene on foot.

Church said the scare tactic won't work. His father ran the market for 65 years and he said he plans on being there for 65 more.

The market was the same one where 50-year-old Darrell Lyndell Wright was shot and killed during a robbery on August 11. Wright was visiting Church at the market when two suspects entered the market-- one suspect fired a shot, which hit Wright. He died on the scene. The robbers fled on foot with less than $10.

On Wednesday, police announced they had arrested 15-year-old Veretez P. McGill, and charged him with criminal homicide and aggravated robbery. The other suspect in that case has not been apprehended.

The owner's wife told NewsChannel 5 Thursday that she thinks the shooting of her husband was related to the arrest.

"Honestly, I think it's a gang related thing, and this may have been retaliation for the boy they caught last night," said Lavetta Church.

Police have not commented on a motive.

Anyone with information on either crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.

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