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Crime of Week: April 22, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police are still looking for suspects involved in the murder of the owner of Spudz Restaurant in West Nashville.

A customer found Eric Brown's body in the alley behind the building.

The getaway car was captured on tape and police hope someone will recognize the vehicle.

Just after 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, a customer found Brown in the alley behind his restaurant at 5908 Charlotte Avenue. 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 Metro police officer William Turbeville.

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 drugs were being sold out of the 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 video tape of a car leaving the restaurant parking lot. They said it's a late 70'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 in the afternoon on busy Charlotte Avenue.

Information that may seem insignificant 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 can remain anonymous. If the information results in the arrest and prosecution of a suspect, they could earn up to $1,000.

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