One shot near Priest Lake gas station after argument between two groups escalates

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Oct 25, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One person was shot after an argument escalated between a group of people in the Percy Priest Lake area of Nashville.

The shooting happened near Bell Road and Blackwood Drive around noon Monday. We were just down the road when we heard the loud popping sounds that turned out to be gunshots.

Witnesses told NewsChannel 5 there was an argument at one gas station that escalated across the street on Blackwood Drive.

During a news conference, Metro police said three men were walking in the parking lot of Thorton's when a silver Infinity sedan with two women and one man inside pulled up.

The first group allegedly catcalled the women, which angered the man in the car and an argument followed. The three men in the first group then walked across the street to the gas station, where Metro police say someone in the sedan fired shots at the group.

Police said one man returned fire and one person was shot. That person was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with noncritical injuries. His identity has not yet been confirmed.

A police helicopter that was in the area identified a man in the group of men, who is believed to have fired a gun back at the group in the car. Metro police said it's possible this was in self defense. That man ran from the area, but was taken into custody nearby for questioning.

The group of people inside the silver Infinity have not yet been located. However, Metro police said there is no threat to the community.

Kyle Bartow ducked for cover in his truck and called his wife to let her know he was in danger. He says while he's an advocate for owning and legally carrying a firearm, but he's never seen a threat quite like this.

"Guns don't bother me, but when I have bullets flying all over the place you don't now what's going to hit you. It could be your last day," Bartow said.

Police are continuing to investigate what happened, including the motive in the shooting.