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VOL. 39 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 6, 2015

Authorities investigate after Metro Council Greene shot, hospitalized

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A Metro councilman was in the hospital Thursday after authorities say he was shot multiple times in west Nashville.

Media outlets report the incident happened at a Marathon gas station on Wednesday night. Police say Loniel Greene Jr. was shot three times. The wounds he suffered were non-life-threatening.

According to a police statement, surveillance video shows Greene pulled up to the gas station, left his car and followed two young men who had just left the lot and were walking down Burgess Avenue toward Oceola Avenue. Police said that it appears the shooting occurred on Oceola Avenue.

Police say Greene walked back to his car, where he collapsed. He was later found by another driver.

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said during a news conference on Thursday that investigators are trying to determine why Greene got out of his vehicle and followed the men and whether he knew them. He said no arrests have been made.

Greene remains in stable condition and officers hope to speak with him as part of the investigation.

Greene, who won a council seat in September, is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-09.

His family released a statement saying Greene is "recovering comfortably" at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"Councilman Greene has dedicated his life to serving his country and his local community and our priority now is his safety and well-being," the statement said. "We are confident that (police are) working diligently and we ask for your patience with us as we allow the police department to continue their work before making any further statements."

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