Shelby Golf Course reopens following deadly shooting

Posted at 10:47 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 13:02:06-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Shelby Golf Course reopened to golfers Wednesday days after a Metro worker was shot and killed in the parking lot.

Friends and co-workers of George Carpenter are still devastated by news of his death. They say they're going to miss his friendly face at the golf course.

They say what's even more upsetting is that police say there are still no leads in the case.

The 71-year-old was shot while he was walking to his pickup truck around 7 p.m Sunday night. The golf course has been closed since Monday out of respect for Carpenter.

John Shoemaker would come to this golf course several times a week with his roommate. He says Carpenter was a sweet man and after this senseless act of violence its making him think twice about safety at the course.

"I haven't ever before but it certainly is now. Me and my roommate come here very often before sunset and we'll be walking out the same time George was; so it's frightening," he said.

Metro Parks Police Captain Chris Taylor says his department is short-staffed. The department is only budgeted for 16 officers...5 sergeants, one lieutenant and 2 part time officers - but they've had trouble filling those jobs. Metro Park Police are responsible for patrolling hundreds of miles of parks and greenways around the city.

Most Metro parks and golf courses do not have surveillance cameras. If they did, it might make it easier for police to catch Carpenter's killer.

Carpenter's friends have already raised more than $5000 for a reward in the case.