The victim told Metropolitan Nashville Police officers he was leaving his home on Maplecrest Drive to go to work around 3:30 a.m. when he saw a man inside his work truck.
When he confronted him, the man demanded money. After telling the man to get out of his truck, police said the man pulled out a handgun and shot the victim once in the lower abdomen.
The gunman fled the scene on a dark-colored bicycle.
The victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was said to be in stable condition. His name was not immediately released.
The victim was able to tell police that he recognized the gunman as a homeless man that frequents the area. He was described as a white male with dark hair in his late 30s with a "scruffy" appearance. He was said to be wearing a camouflage hat.
Police searched the area throughout the day, but did not find him. Neighbors said seeing officers with guns in their area was an unexpected sight.
"Usually it's a very quiet neighborhood. People are moving to Donelson just to get away from the crime in their area, you know?" the victim's next-door neighbor Dennis Shipp said.
"It makes me feel threatened, it makes me feel like I'm living in an unsafe neighborhood," said another neighbor Alisa Loy.Shipp seemed to think the gunman may be the same person who broke into his truck just a few days ago.
He said he believes police should patrol the neighborhood more because the homeless population has sharply increased.
Loy said she has nothing against the homeless, but there are other ways to make a living.
“I just don't think this was the way of going about it. If you're in a desperate situation we have the Nashville Rescue Mission… we have other options than to take from someone who is a family man providing for his family,” she stated.Police said the suspect was to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (615)74-CRIME.