Man dies after shooting triggers crash near downtown Nashville

Posted at 11:16 AM, Dec 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 14:16:02-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man has died after a shooting led to a crash in downtown Nashville.

Police said they began investigating reports of shots fired on Claiborne Street at J.C. Napier housing just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

Leon Bell Jr., 45, tells officers that during the gunfire, he drove off in a Buick Park Avenue with his head down. He had six passengers, including three children. One of the adults in the car, Bobby Huey, 24, had a gunshot wound to his right arm.

When Bell reached the intersection of Lafayette Street and 4th Avenue South, he ran a red light and crashed into a Nissan Altima driven by Colin Reno, 22.

Reno was taken to Vanderbilt, where he later died. Bell was taken to St. Thomas Midtown with non-life-threatening injuries.

The children with Bell were not in child safety seats and taken to Vanderbilt for evaluation. The adults were taken to Vanderbilt for non-life-threatening injuries. Huey's gunshot wound was also determined non-life-threatening.