Crime Of The Week: April 1, 2008 - | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Crime Of The Week: April 1, 2008

Nicholas James Joseph Nicholas James Joseph
Leonard Peck, Metro detective Leonard Peck, Metro detective

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Businesses in downtown Nashville like to think Second Avenue is safe after dark, but last month a man was shot and killed outside a nightclub.

Metro police are still looking for the killer. The shooting happened outside Club Twilight.

Police said Nicholas James Joseph and some friends were walking away from Club Twilight on Second Avenue. The club had just closed.

Police said as Joseph and his friends reached Church Street a fight broke out between several women. Police said Joseph ran toward the women and pulled a pistol to try and break up the crowd.

"A male subject wearing all black, a dark skin male subject wearing all black about 5 foot 10 approached the subject and discharged a firearm at him," said Leonard Peck, a Metro detective.

Police said the suspect fired several shots at Joseph and Joseph was hit several times.

Some of the people involved in the fight put him in their car and rushed him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Joseph died after surgery.

"The family wants to know what happened to their child," Peck said. "We all have children out there. We'd all like to know what happened to our child."

Police said the suspect got into a black four-door sedan, which might have been a Pontiac. There were several other people in the car.

"If anybody was in that car or has knowledge about that car, obviously people in that car knew what had happened.  We really need to talk to you," Peck said.

At the time of the shooting, police estimate 200-300 people were coming out of the club. They feel more people saw what happened, and can identify the killer.

"We know there were a lot of people out there. We'd just like some of you to come forward and tell what you actually saw," Peck said.

If anyone has information about the death of Nicholas James Joseph, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and prosecution.

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