Nashville Murder Suspect Arrested In Missouri

Posted at 11:50 AM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:12:44-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A suspect wanted in connection with a murder at a Nashville-area gas station has been arrested in Missouri.

Officials with Metro Police said Demarcus Gonner was taken into custody overnight in Sikeston, Missouri, located about 80 miles north of Dyersburg. 

Metro police learned he was in the area and informed Sikeston law enforcement. Gonner was taken into custody without incident as he was leaving an Applebee's restaurant. 

The 19-year-old has been accused in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Muslah Al-Nimar. The incident happened around 4 p.m. Sunday, at a Shell station, just off Haywood Lane.

Al-Nimar and two others reportedly drove to the gas station to sell marijuana to Gonner and 19-year-old Oscar Lara.

Police said at some point, Gonner and Lara allegedly pulled pistols at which point a struggle broke out between him and one of the suspects. Al-Nimar was shot multiple times.

His friends took him to a medical office on Recovery Drive that was closed on Sunday afternoon. An ambulance later arrived and transported him to Southern Hills Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

Investigators said Lara was taken into custody on Keeley Drive at 3:20 a.m. He allegedly implicated himself during an interview.

Lara was arrested and held in lieu of $250,000 bond. Gonner will be brought back to Nashville in the near future.