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Crime Of The Week: Dec. 4

Eric Brown Eric Brown
William Turbeville William Turbeville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Almost seven weeks ago, the owner of Spudz Restaurant in West Nashville was murdered.

A customer found Eric Brown lying in the alley behind the building.

The get-away car was captured on tape and Metro police hope someone will recognize the vehicle.

A customer found Brown on Oct. 24 in the alley behind his restaurant at 5908 Charlotte Ave.

Brown was shot once in the chest.

Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, but doctors could not save him.

"We know from investigators and video surveillance we've obtained that more than one person was involved in this," said William Turbeville, a Metro police officer.

Brown's nickname on the street was potato man.

Detectives discovered Brown was shot inside his business and ran out the back door to escape his killer.

Police also found out drugs were being sold out of Brown's business.

"This may or may not have been the reason for the crime," Turbeville said. "People with any knowledge of that if they'd call us we can bring these people to justice."

Police also have videotape of a car leaving the restaurant parking lot.

They said it's a late 1970's or early 80's Oldsmobile 88 or 98 or a similar General Motors vehicle.

Three men were in the car.

"We're thinking possibly someone in the vehicle did not know that this was going to occur, and might have knowledge that can be helpful to us in finding the person or persons responsible for the murder of Mr. Brown," Turbeville said.

Police believe somebody saw something.

The crime happened at 4 p.m. on busy Charlotte Avenue. Information that may seem insignificant to someone could still help police.

"It's a heavily congested area for traffic so it's possible someone could have been going home and a car pulled out suddenly in front of them as they were leaving," Turbeville said. "It could jog their memory."

If anyone has information about the murder of Eric Brown, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Callers may remain anonymous. If the information results in the arrest and prosecution of a suspect, the caller could earn a reward.

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