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Homeless man shot downtown, suspect sought

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Metro Police are investigating a shooting outside of a downtown restaurant early Tuesday morning.

According to police, a 31-year-old homeless man was shot at least once just after 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Molloy Street, and was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to be fine.

The incident took place right in front of the Pancake Pantry, prompting the owner of the restaurant to release a statement regarding its employees:

“We are saddened by the shooting incident which happened early this morning in front of our downtown location. Our restaurant was not yet open so no one on our staff or any customers were hurt or involved.

We are cooperating with police and have provided video that was captured by our security cameras to help in their investigation and will continue to help any way we can.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim for a full recovery.”

Crime scene tape surround a downtown shooting scene.
Crime scene tape surround a downtown shooting scene.(WSMV)

MNPD said they are actively searching for the suspect who can be seen, on surveillance footage, wearing a brown blanket or towel over his shoulders. Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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