Police ID suspect in shooting, killing of MNPS teacher

Posted at 1:15 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 14:32:21-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police have released a photo of the man suspected of shooting and killing Rasheed Walker, a Metro Nashville Public Schools teacher.

Metro police said 27-year-old Robert R. Smith has been identified as the suspected gunman. He may be driving a 2012 black Nissan Maxima, with Tennessee tag # 4V6-1Y3.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting happened Saturday outside the Wireless Z store on Dr. DB Todd Jr. Boulevard. Police said the 31-year-old Walker was found shot with critical injuries. Police said he was shot with a rifle as he was trying to run away.

He was taken to Vanderbilt for treatment but died from his injuries. The motive for Walker’s killing has not been determined.

Walker was a staff member at Cora Howe School for more than 10 years. The school district shared the news of his death on Facebook.

"We are crushed and in shock over this tragic loss to our Cora Howe family. Rasheed was a young man who consistently gave back to his community, and all of our lives are better for having known him. I will miss him and our interactions together so much," said K. C. Winfrey, principal of Cora Howe School.

Police said tips to Crime Stoppers led to Smith being identified as the suspect. The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.