Authorities investigate after Middle Tennessee councilman shot, hospitalized

Loniel Greene (Source: LoinelGreeneForNashville.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Metro councilmember was shot multiple times near a west Nashville gas station Wednesday night.

Police told News 2 Loniel Greene, Jr., 34, pulled into the Marathon gas station at White Bridge Pike and Burgess Avenue around 10 p.m.

Greene parked his SUV at the gas pumps and was reportedly seen on surveillance video walking down Burgess Avenue toward Oceola Avenue.

As Green was pulling into the station, two young men were walking from the lot toward Burgess Avenue and made a right onto Oceola Avenue.

Councilman Greene appeared to follow the same path as the two men, according to police spokesman Don Aaron.

“Some type of interaction obviously occurred in the middle of Oceola Avenue. What occurred is unknown at this point,” said Aaron.

Police found shell casings on Oceola Avenue and believe that’s where Greene was shot.

Councilman Greene was able to walk back to the gas station where he collapsed. He was found by a customer around 10:15 p.m.

The clerk in the store did not see him on the ground due to her view being obstructed by the gas pumps.

Greene was shot in his elbow, shoulder and chest. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in stable condition.

Greene did not enter the gas station, nor is there any indication that he attempted to purchase fuel.

The family of Councilman Greene released an official statement on his behalf:

On behalf of Metro Council member Loniel Greene, Esq, of District 1 and his family we want to thank the community for their thoughts and prayers. Councilman Greene is recovering comfortably in the very capable hands of the Vanderbilt Hospital Staff. Councilman Greene has dedicated his life to serving his country and his local community and our priority now is his safety and well-being. We are confident that the Metropolitan Police Department is working diligently and we ask for your patience with us as we allow the Police Department to continue their work before making any further statements. Thank you for continued support and prayers.”

Mayor Megan Barry also released a statement regarding the shooting:

“Late last night, I visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center where Councilman Loniel Greene was receiving treatment for wounds resulting from a shooting. I have been assured that the wounds are not life threatening and I am hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery.I am confident that the Police Department is doing everything in their power to identify and capture the people responsible.”
The investigation is ongoing. No suspect description or motive was immediately released.”

Greene represents District 1, which is the northwest area of Davidson County.

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