NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police said a good samaritan was hurt while trying to stop a robbery downtown, and they have identified the suspect they're searching for.
The shooting happened around 2:40 a.m. Saturday on 3rd Avenue near Broadway.
Police said they were on the lookout for 21-year-old Ismail Meriwan Ahmed. He was being sought on charges of attempted murder and felony aggravated assault.
Authorities said the victim, identified as 39-year-old Shane Hinton of Hardinsburg, Kentucky, and his Nashvillle friend, Boris Bunn, noticed items missing from Bunn's Jeep Wrangler, which had been parked inside the parking garage between Commerce and Broadway.
The two men got into the vehicle and drove through the parking garage after hearing another car alarm sound. That's when they saw two men, one identified as Ahmed, breaking into cars and noticed one was carrying a bag from the Jeep.
There was an altercation and Ahmed allegedly shot Hinton eight times.
Authorities said Hinton was listed in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Bunn was not severely hurt.
Ahmed took off on foot, while the other suspect fled in a truck.
Another witness driving a wrecker used his vehicle to drive into the path of the suspect's truck.
“There was another heroic citizen that had witnessed the officer chasing the truck and had actually parked his vehicle so that it would obstruct the suspect’s vehicle,” said Commander Jason Reinbold of Metro Police.
Officers caught that suspect, but said Ahmed was still at large.
“I’d like to believe that the relationships that we’ve built in this community have resulted in the success of this case even though we have a lot of work yet to do,” said Commander Reinbold.
Ahmed has a previous arrest record from February for felony marijuana and gun charges after a vehicle stop. One charge relating to a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was dismissed. He received 11 months and 29 days probation.
Anyone with information on this crime or Ahmed's location was urged to contact Metro Police at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stopper at 615-742-7463.