Double Shooting Under Investigation, Car Set On Fire

Posted at 5:45 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 18:21:20-04

An investigation got underway overnight after two people were seriously injured in a shooting. 

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said they received a shots fired call at an apartment complex on Amberwood Circle in Bellevue shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday.

Officers arrived and found a white, blood-stained car fleeing the apartments.

A gunshot victim, identified as 24-year-old Newton Morgan, was also located on a doorstep. He had been shot multiple times in the torso. 

Police followed the vehicle onto Interstate 40, but called off the chase when speeds became too high. It was discovered that the vehicle belonged to Morgan.

However, staff at Saint Thomas West said that same car dropped off a man with a gunshot wound to the face before fleeing. That person, identified as 19-year-old Maurice Hatcher, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Morgan was transported to Vanderbilt and taken into surgery. Both had serious injuries.

Just after noon Thursday, authorities confirmed they found Morgan's Sentra on fire around 9:20 a.m. at 18th Avenue North and Herman Street.

They also added Hatcher was named a person of interest; however, he has not been able to speak.

Authorities said they were waiting for medical improvements in both Hatcher and Morgan to learn more about what took place.

Witnesses told police they last saw Morgan sitting in the Sentra. He was charging his phone and watching videos.

Officials have been trying to determine if Morgan was shot during a robbery, and, if so, what part Hatcher may have played in the incident.

Police said they're searching for the person who drove the vehicle to St. Thomas and then set it on fire. It was described as a white 2016 Nissan Sentra with Tennessee tags 0B85X6. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME (615-742-7463).