NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two Vanderbilt University football players were shot outside a Nashville Target store Monday night.
Police say the shooting was not random and was connected to an arranged meeting between two groups involving an “ill-conceived plan” to recover a stolen cellphone.
Vanderbilt football player Donaven Tennyson, 19, sold a cellphone online last week. Police say the student met with the prospective buyer in a Chili’s parking lot Monday afternoon.
However, during the meeting, Tennyson’s phone was stolen, according to the player.
According to the report, Tennyson saw his phone in a posting online being sold by the suspect.
The student created a fake account on the website and requested to buy the phone. He arranged to meet with the seller that evening in a Target parking lot.
Tennyson and two students, O’montae Daley and Frank Coppet went to the parking lot. The students had a pellet pistol in order to try to get the phone back.
When the football players pulled up next to the seller’s car, Coppet got out of the vehicle with the pellet gun. However, the two men in the other car began shooting.
Police say Daley and Coppet were injured. The suspects fled the scene. One of them took Daley’s car.
The identities of the suspects have not been determined. The suspects were driving a gray 4-door Buick sedan with tinted windows and damage to the passenger doors after shooting the students.
Daley’s car was used in two gas station robberies early Tuesday morning. The suspects were both armed and robbed the clerks. The was found early Wednesday morning at an America’s Best Value Inn. An officer patrolling the area noticed the car in the lot.
WKRN received a statement from Vanderbilt, saying
“Three Vanderbilt University students were involved in a shooting incident at a Target store in West Nashville. The incident stemmed from a cell phone stolen from one of the Vanderbilt students. Two of the Vanderbilt students suffered gunshot wounds. Our foremost concern is the wellbeing of our students, but it appears their injuries are not life-threatening. The university is monitoring the situation and will determine if any action on the part of the university is appropriate.”
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