Friday, May 7, 2004

Nashville, Tennessee

From the Nashville Tennessean of May 7, 2004:

Store owner robbed, shot; two men held in incident

Metro police arrested two men accused of robbing and shooting at a Nashville market owner Wednesday night and carjacking his sport utility vehicle.

Officer Yannick Deslauriers spotted the market owner's 2001 Chevrolet Suburban on Dickerson Pike near Trinity Lane about 12:30 a.m. yesterday, police said in a statement. He stopped the SUV and arrested the men inside.

Police charged Brandon E. Norris, 19, 2712 Dickerson Pike, and Christopher A. Jackson, 23, 916 Oneida Ave., with aggravated robbery.

At about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lloyd Potts, 31, had just closed Potts Drive-In Market, 4226 Ashland City Highway. Police said he was about to get into his Suburban when Norris, armed with a shotgun, and Jackson approached him from behind.

Police reported that Norris put the shotgun to Potts' back and demanded money, his gold necklace and keys. Potts complied. Jackson got behind the wheel and began to drive as Norris continued to point the shotgun at Potts from the passenger seat, police said. Potts drew a handgun and fired at the robbers. Police reported that Norris fired the shotgun at Potts, who received a minor pellet wound to his chest that did not require emergency medical attention.

When Deslauriers stopped the men, Norris was wearing Potts' gold necklace and had Potts' wallet in his pocket, police reported. The shotgun was on the floor of the SUV.

Both suspects admitted to the robbery, police said.

Last night, they were being held at the Metro jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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