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Detectives Believe San Antonio Taco Employee was Targeted by Gunfire



Midtown Hills Precinct detectives strongly believe the persons responsible for Sunday night’s shooting of an employee at San Antonio Taco at 21st Avenue South & Scarritt Place specifically targeted that individual, and are looking at his felony drug history to determine if there is a link.

The 44-year-old victim, who was arrested last month on felony cocaine and gun charges, and who was convicted of felony cocaine offenses in 2009 and 2001, was hit in the torso by a gunshot just as he walked back into the employee door of the restaurant after taking his break.

The gunfire came from the rear of a green Nissan Altima. Witnesses reported that the Altima was parked across the street from the employee entrance on Scarritt Place for a lengthy period of time prior to the shooting. At one point, a person from the Altima came inside the restaurant, got a cup of water, and left.

The victim is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Anyone with information about the green Altima or the persons who were in it is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.