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Published on May 24, 2024
Nashville Police Arrest 19-Year-Old Suspected of Shooting at Bus Terminal, Victim HospitalizedSource: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

A Nashville street turned crime scene early this morning when officers rapidly apprehended Dejuan N. Prime, 19, who is now facing charges for a shooting at a bus terminal. According to a statement from the Nashville Police Department, Prime's quick arrest followed a shooting incident on the steps of 4th Avenue, near the Municipal Auditorium parking garage.

The alleged gunman, found carrying a nine-millimeter semi-automatic in his waistband, was identified by Officer Cory Fetner near Junior Gilliam Way and Rep. John Lewis Way, fitting the issued description of the shooter. The 20-year-old victim, who was shot multiple times, is recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and described an encounter where Prime, a stranger to him, began following and threatening him after a seemingly intense gaze at the bus station. The confrontation escalated when the victim tossed a cup of coffee on Prime and attempted to flee, triggering Prime to allegedly open fire.

"Prime began following and threatening him, and that he told Prime to get away," the victim explained in a statement obtained by the Nashville Police Department. Witnesses described a chaotic moment when the steps of 4th Avenue turned into a runner's escape route, and subsequently, a shooter's hallway. Despite the early hours, the incident drew the concern of commuters and nearby pedestrians.

Prime, who resides on Olsen Lane, is now incarcerated without bond. A judicial commissioner deemed Prime a significant threat, ordering his detention ahead of a General Sessions Court hearing. Moreover, the MNPD is maintaining a vigilant stance in the area with both visible and concealed operations to ensure public safety along the 400 block of Dr. Martin L. King Boulevard, and 4th Avenue North according to the department's news release.