Man killed, 3 others injured in shooting at short-term rental in East Nashville

One dead, two injured in East Nashville shooting
One dead, two injured in East Nashville shooting
Posted at 4:30 AM, Oct 29, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro police said one man was shot to death and three others were injured in a suspected robbery at a short-term rental property in East Nashville.

The shooting was reported at 11:20 p.m. Thursday at 210 N 9th Street, just south of Smiley Street. Metro police said the deceased — identified as 21-year-old Robert D. Howard — was one of four people shot.

When officers responded, they found a victim who had been shot in the leg and was asking neighbors for help. The victim led officers to a short-term rental property on 9th Street, where Howard was found and pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

The other victim was taken to Skyline Medical Center where police said he was treated, interviewed and booked on an unrelated outstanding warrant.

At some point during the night, police said two other victims took themselves to area hospitals. One victim walked into Skyline Medical Center, where he was treated and discharged. A fourth victim went to Meharry General Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to his arms, chest and stomach. Police said that man was unable to be interviewed because of his condition and was transported to Vanderbilt in critical, but stable condition.

Police said he will be booked on an outstanding warrant once released.

According to police, the preliminary investigation shows drugs may have been the possible motive and that marijuana and cash were found at the scene.

Detectives said they believe the shooting happened during or just after a large party. Anyone who was there or may have information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

According to Metro Nashville Police Department's Crime Data Dashboard, there have been two other homicides in that zip code so far this year. As for the immediate neighborhood, there were two aggravated assaults reported on the same street this year, both in the springtime.

Editor's note: MNPD initially identified the short-term rental as an Airbnb property. However, Airbnb said it does not have a listing at that location.