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Published on May 24, 2024
Nashville Transit Hub Shooting, Suspect Charged After Dispute Leads to GunfireSource: Google Street View

A violent altercation spiraled into gunfire outside a bustling Nashville WeGo transit hub early Friday morning, leaving one man wounded and the suspected shooter in police custody, officials said. At about 6:20 a.m., shots rang out near the Elizabeth Duff Transit Center on Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd;, Metro Nashville Police Department units rushed to the scene, locating the incident's site just outside, neighboring the flight of stairs drawing a line at the intersection of 4th Avenue North and James Robertson Pkwy, as reported by WSMV.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a disagreement had escalated between Dejuan Prime, 19, and a 20-year-old man which led to Prime allegedly firing his weapon, and striking the man, authorities confirmed Prime was apprehended by police without delay and is now facing attempted criminal homicide charges. The altercation did not seem to deter the regular flow of city life because WeGo services marched on uninterrupted during the morning chaos, a WeGo spokesperson affirmed, “We appreciate that MNPD has an enhanced police presence in that area of downtown. We will continue to work closely with them and assist however needed.” as obtained by WSMV.

Meanwhile, the unidentified victim who suffered at least three gunshot wounds was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; his injuries were reported as non-life-threatening, reported WKRN. While being taken into custody, Prime purportedly claimed he had been pepper-sprayed by the victim amid their row, prior to the shooting.

The shooting is the latest violent event captured in an area increasingly shadowed by crime: a FOX 17 News team, featuring reporter Kylie Walker, was on-air nearby when unexpectedly becoming ear-witnesses to the sound of gunshots, a grim score to their reporting on a surge of criminal activity. Surveillance and a heightened vigilance for downtown Nashville have been urged by local authorities in light of the recent crime wave, a detail sadly underscored by this morning's bloodshed, FOX 17 News highlighted.