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Crime Of the Week: Nov. 11, 2008

Metro detective Jim Fuqua Metro detective Jim Fuqua

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police have lots of questions and few answers about a murder near Metro Center.

Someone shot and killed a man as he left for work in September.

Police have a pretty good description of the vehicle, but they still need the public's help to solve the crime.

It was just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Roderick Thomas left his job at Thrifty Car Sales on Rosa Parks Boulevard.

He drove his red Ford Taurus toward Clarksville Highway.

Co-workers told police it appeared someone followed him out of the parking lot in a sports utility vehicle.

"The SUV followed him. They went down French Landing and at the intersection of French Landing and Vantage Way the SUV pulled up beside the Mister Thomas," said Metro detective Jim Fuqua.  "A male black subject got out with a bandana over his face and opened fire on the car."

Police said the gunman calmly walked back to the SUV. The vehicle turned around and drove away.

Thomas' car rolled down the street and it came to rest against a tree in the median. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died.

"Right now the motive is still under investigation, and we're just asking anyone that has information on Mister Thomas' murder to please contact us," Fuqua said.

Police are looking for a white Chevy Trailblazer. They think it has black side moldings and damage to the passenger side front fender.

"Mister Thomas was apparently a very hard working man.  He had children.  He worked two jobs on a regular basis, and we'd like to get something for the family in this," Fuqua said.

If you have information about the murder of Roderick Thomas near Metro Center call Crime Stoppers at 74 Crime.

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