NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Imagine watching in horror as your son is gun downed.
That's what happened to one woman in East Nashville.
He son was murdered and she saw it happen.
Now Metro Police need the public's help searching for a killer.
Information about the crime could be worth up to $1,000.
It was Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m.
Demarius Lacey was visiting friends at a house in the 1400 block of Pennock Avenue.
Police said Lacey was talking to several people.
He also had his back to the door.
"A gunman came into the residence and appeared to scan the room and began firing at Demarius Lacey," said Mike Windsor, Metro police detective.
Police said several bullets hit the victim.
Lacey was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The suspect ran into the alley behind the house where witnesses saw him get into a black car that sped away.
"It very well might be that the driver doesn't ever know what he was getting involved in at the time, so it's very important that we speak to the driver of the vehicle and hear from him," Windsor said.
Witnesses gave police a description of the gunman. The suspect was a man who was 5 feet 8 inches tall. His hair was braided. He was wearing a white tank top and orange and black shorts.
"This crime is particularly heinous because it happened in front of the victim's mother," Windsor said. "We're approaching the holiday season. This is the Christmas season. She's going to be without her son this holiday."
If anyone has information about the murder of Demarius Lacey, 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 up to $1,000 cash.