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3 Wounded In Exchange Of Gunfire

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Posted at 3:50 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 17:03:51-04

Detectives said an investigation has been ongoing into an exchange of gunfire that left three people injured.

The incident happened around 10:40 p.m. Friday in an alley near 40th Avenue North and Indiana Avenue. There were reports a dice game had been going on in that area prior to the shooting.

When officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department got to the scene they found 26-year-old Robert Norbitt, Jr. on the ground between two apartment buildings. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was expected to recover.

Police said a second victim, identified as 19-year-old Quashaunn Williams, had gone to a nearby home for help with a gunshot wound in his lower leg. He left the home before talking to detectives.

Authorities recovered a handgun at the home allegedly left there by Williams.

According to witnesses, a red sedan left the area after the shooting. When authorities stopped a Ford Focus that matched the vehicle’s description, the driver, identified as 22-year-old Tomaz Kerley, admitted to being there during the shooting.

Officials said they found two handguns and an AK47 in the Focus, and Kerley, who has a valid handgun carry permit, refused to talk to officials.

Kerley was charged with driving on a suspended license and was released on a $2,500 bond.

The third gunshot victim was identified as 18-year-old Tijuan Vaughn. He was taken by a private vehicle to Centennial Hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg. According to reports, he had been with Kerley at the time of the shooting.

Authorities said Williams was still being sought for questioning.

Officials said the investigation into the motive remained ongoing.