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Detectives Working to Identify Gunman in Sunday Morning Restaurant Shooting


The gunman who opened fire at 3:15 a.m. today inside the crowded Cookout restaurant at 1809 West End Avenue specifically targeted his two victims.

The victims are identified as Ryan Weaver, 19, of Cordova, Tennessee, and Murray Gross, 25, of Memphis. They arrived at the restaurant together with at least one other man in Gross’ white Nissan Altima.

After critically wounding Weaver, the gunman chased Gross as he fled from the building. Gross initially went to his Altima, which was running and parked in a handicapped spot in the restaurant lot. The gunman fired at Gross, who apparently was not able to get inside the vehicle. Three bullets struck the car. With the gunman in pursuit, Gross then ran through the alley behind the restaurant to 18th Avenue, where additional shots were fired. Gross was hit and died in the street.

Midtown Hills Precinct detectives have received information that Weaver, Gross and the gunman were acquaintances. Efforts are continuing to confirm the gunman’s identity.

Weaver is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for wounds to his abdomen and leg.

At the time of this morning’s shooting, Weaver was wanted on outstanding warrants taken out by Tennessee State University police charging him with aggravated robbery, aggravated trespassing and evading arrest. Weaver is accused of robbing an 18-year-old male TSU student at gunpoint in the stairwell of the Floyd Payne Campus Center on the evening of January 30th.

The gunman is described as a black man in his 20s who wore a hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about this case or the gunman’s potential identity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463, or Midtown Hills Investigations at 615-880-1817.

Murray Gross

Ryan Weaver