NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An arrest has yet to be made in connection with a fatal shooting that broke out inside a downtown nightclub back in January. Police have asked anyone with information to come forward.
Shondell Martin, age 41, was one of nearly 200 people inside the Elks Lodge club on Jefferson Street on the morning of January 26. At some point, two shots were fired, striking Martin in the chest.
Another man was injured in the shoulder.
Martin was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he later died. No arrests have been made, more than four months after the shooting.
“And I don't understand how not one person saw who it was,” his sister Shantie Martin said.
Metro Police Detective Alfredo Arevalo said he doesn't understand it, either.
“Oh, it's very frustrating. I would think if something happened to them they would want someone to come forward just to help out the family of Shondell Martin to have some closure and everything,” he said.
Arevalo, the lead investigator in the case, has been trying to identify more people who were inside the club near the time of the shooting.
“One of the biggest things I'd like. It's a big club. Everybody was taking pictures. I'd love to get some of those pictures that people took on their cell phones, cameras or camcorders, any type of digital media,” he said.
In the meantime, Shondell's sister and family have been waiting for justice.
“You know he didn't bother anybody. You took him from his mom, his sister, his brother and his kids. I want justice served and I feel like you know eventually somebody is going to point somebody out,” she said.
Anyone with information that might help police solve this crime has been asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.