Police: Ellington Parkway Fatal Shooting No 'Random Act'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The shooting on a major Nashville highway that left one man dead Saturday afternoon was not a random act of violence, according to police.
Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 21-year-old Justin Roake was targeted after an altercation with the alleged shooters at the Mag Market located on Dickerson Pike.
Surveillance video from the store captured images of what police believe is the suspects' vehicle just minutes before the shooting occurred.
Police said the incident escalated after the two vehicles left the store. Roake and his passenger were driving northbound on Ellington Parkway, near the on ramp of Briley Parkway, when someone fired shots into a car and sped away.
Roake was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The woman in the vehicle was not injured.
Investigators said the vehicle in question is believed to be a gold or beige older model Ford Expedition. Two men were seen getting in the vehicle.
A woman was spotted inside the store wearing a white shirt with a pink sweater. Police said she may have been traveling with the two men.
Anyone with information has been asked to call Crime Stoppers at (615)74-CRIME or text "CASH" to 274637.