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East Precinct Detectives Working Diligently to Develop Leads in Murder of Golf Course Employee George Carpenter



East Precinct detectives are working diligently to develop leads in Sunday night’s murder of Nashville Parks Department part-time employee George Carpenter, 71, who was fatally wounded shortly before 7 p.m. as he was leaving work at the Shelby Golf Course on Fatherland Street.

Carpenter was shot beside his pickup truck parked outside the golf course office. Two colleagues who were still inside the building heard a gunshot. They found Carpenter on the pavement and called 911. Officers responded quickly and rendered first-aid to Carpenter, who died at the scene.

The motive for Carpenter’s murder has not been determined. His wallet was intact. His pickup truck appeared undisturbed. It is not unusual in cases like this for the person/persons responsible for Carpenter’s death to have said something to acquaintances or associates. The MNPD is asking that anyone with information on who may be responsible for George Carpenter’s shooting death to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. Detective Mike Windsor is leading the investigation.

Carpenter was a U.S. Army veteran who began working at Shelby Golf Course in 2017 as a facility attendant. The Parks Department says he was extremely well liked and was known for his commitment to his fellow staff members.


George Carpenter

Lead Detective Mike Windsor speaking to reporters

Murder scene at Shelby Golf Course