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Crime Of The Week: Aug. 5, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police need help solving the shooting of an elderly man in East Nashville.

The man was shot as he sat on his porch with his wife.

It happened around 5:45 p.m. on May 21.

A 70-year-old man and his wife were sitting on their front porch in the 900 block of Shelby Street.

Police said a young man approached them wearing something over his face.

"The suspect told the gentleman - he said, ‘Give me all your money. Give it up.'  And the man just told him, ‘I don't have any money,'" said Metro detective Jim Lambert.

Police said the robber pulled a gun and threatened to shoot the victim's wife. He patted the victim's pockets to see if he had a wallet.

Police said when the victim tried to push the robber away the robber shot him and ran into the alley behind the house.

The victim was treated and released at a local hospital. Police are not sure if the suspect acted alone.

"We don't know if he had driven by earlier with somebody.  We don't know if he'd just walked by and saw them sitting out there," Lambert said. "Obviously, he saw them and seized upon the moment. He knew they were easy victims."

Witnesses said the suspect was a black male in his mid 20s. He was about 6 feet tall and thin.

At the time of the shooting he wore a black T-shirt with writing on the front of it with black pants and a black bandana.

"But hopefully he bragged about it in the neighborhood and somebody knows the suspect shot a man on his porch," Lambert said.

If anyone has information about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for clues in this case. The phone number is 74-CRIME and callers will remain anonymous.

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