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Police believe Antioch gunman may not have acted alone

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The shooting of a young father Wednesday night was a targeted ambush, police said Thursday, and they think they know who pulled the trigger.

But they say suspect Barry Haislip Jr. may not have acted alone when he shot Joel Holmes in the head in south Nashville.

Holmes suffered a gunshot wound to the head and is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Holmes, or Andy as his friends called him, worked two jobs - one of those at the Grand Ole Opry.

He and his wife both filed for divorce earlier this year, and since then, it's been a series of fights over child custody and allegations of abuse.

On Andy Holmes' Facebook page you can tell he's a proud father, posting photos of his two children.

And around 7 p.m. Wednesday, police say Holmes was meeting his estranged wife at the Summitt Apartments in Antioch to drop the kids off when Haislip, 25, by his own admission, walked up and shot him.

Police say Holmes was Haislip's intended target.

Channel 4 stopped by Haislip's house on Eulala Drive, but no one would speak to us.

"They are a great neighbors. Never been any problem with them. Anything we need from them, they help us," neighbor Don Mitchell said.

Mitchell lives across the street from the Haislips and said he thinks Barry lives there with his parents.

"Very, very surprised. They are not that kind of people. Something has provoked that or something," Mitchell said.

Holmes and his wife, Katherine, had been married just three and a half years. They have two children - a 5-year-old daughter, and a baby boy together.

The couple used to live together at this house in La Vergne. According to a neighbor, the couple went through a bad divorce and he said he noticed police at the home a lot.

Katherine Holmes took out an order of protection against Joel in February.

In the report, she said she was fearful for her safety and the safety of her children.

According to court documents, in March, Joel was accused of violating that order.

In one report, Katherine said one day, after she dropped the kids off at her parents house, she noticed her husband following her on I-24. Every time she would slow down, he would slow down. When she changed lanes, so did he, she said. She called 911, exited quickly, and lost him.

Police would not discuss a possible motive Thursday. But they do not believe Haislip acted alone.

They are not ruling out that more arrests could be made.

Haislip is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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