NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A group of teens will shoot their carjacking victims even when they comply with their demands according to police.
The most recent incident happened at 8:40 p.m. Monday outside a FedEx on Hillsboro Pike, just north of the Green Hills Mall.
Officials with Metro Nashville Police said the 50-year-old victim had gone to the business to make some copies and was putting the paperwork in his trunk, when he was approached by four suspects.
He tried to run away but was cornered, and threw his keys into the parking lot away from the suspects.
At that time, police said the gunman cursed at him and fired, striking him in the leg.
He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
His stolen Chevrolet Camaro was recovered in East Nashville in the 300 block of Arrington Street between Cleveland Park and McFerrin Park.
Lt. Blaine Whited said, "In every one of these incidents, the victim was complying with the suspect's demands and were still shot so we know at least 4 incidents now where that's occurred."
Police believe the same group of teens got in a shootout in Bellevue with a carjacking victim's son recently.
Monday night, members of Metro Police's Juvenile Crimes Task Force gave chase when they spotted the suspects.
"Officers actually ended up picking that vehicle up later in the night and initiated a short pursuit. They were having trouble getting back up to it so that pursuit was terminated due to the risk of the public's safety," said Lt. Whited.
The stolen car was later recovered on Arrington Street in East Nashville.
Neighbors said they aren't phased anymore because teen carjackings are happening all over the county.
Brittany Carey said, "Lately I've been seeing a lot on the news, people are going to jail young, people is dying young. I mean it's so hurtful but the world is just changing now, you just got to be careful, be safe."
Police said for the most part, they know the groups of teens committing these crimes. They get arrested, get out, and do it again.
"If we want to stop these crimes before they ever happen, don't leave guns in your car, and don't leave your car unlocked where it can be accessible to a juvenile," said Lt. Whited.
As the task force deploys undercover officers to target areas, citizens should be on high alert.
Carey said, "We don't want no trouble around here. We want peace."
Since February, the task force has arrested 102 juveniles on 54 felonies. They've recovered 72 guns and 39 stolen or carjacked vehicles.
In connection to juvenile crime investigations, they've arrested 134 adults on 58 felonies and 167 misdemeanors.
If you have any information on the most recent carjacking in Green Hills, you can call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
Officers are also looking for surveillance video of the incident in the Green Hills area.