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Investigation Continues into Apparent Exchange of Gunfire that Resulted in Critical Crash at the Intersection of Lafayette Street and 4th Avenue South



The investigation continues into an apparent exchange of gunfire on Claiborne Street near Lafayette Street in the J.C. Napier public housing development which led to Sunday’s 10 a.m. two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Lafayette Street and 4th Avenue South that left the driver of a Nissan Altima, Colin Reno, 22, in extremely critical condition.

Reno, of Neese Drive, had the green light and was traveling on 4th Avenue South through the intersection when he was struck in the driver’s side by a 2003 Buick Park Avenue traveling on Lafayette Street at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Buick, Leon Bell Jr., 45, failed to stop at the red light.

Hermitage Precinct detectives are investigating reports that moments before the crash, a passenger in the Buick exchanged gunfire with a group of persons standing nearby on Claiborne Street. Bell told investigators that during the gunfire, he drove off at a high rate of speed with his head ducked down. Bell said that when he looked up, he was in the intersection and struck Reno’s Altima.

Reno was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in extremely critical condition. Bell was transported to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital with non-life threatening injures. There were six passengers inside the Buick, including three children ages 3, 4, and 6. The three adult passengers were Bobby Lamont Huey IV, 27, his brother, Bobby Huey, 24, and Dasia White, 21. The children, who were not in child safety seats, were transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for evaluation. All three adult passengers were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The younger Huey was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right forearm.