The widow of a local gun collector said he was accustomed to advertising weapons online and would meet up with strangers to seal the deal. But Saturday night, that routine cost Joshua McLean his life.
His widow said he learned a lot about weapons while serving in Afghanistan, but ended up losing his life on a different battleground close to home.
Lauren McLean can't help but remember her husband of only three months.
The young, 30-year-old veteran built houses for a living and was handy around the home. He also had a hobby of collecting and reselling guns.
Joshua McLean went with his brother to wait in the parking lot of the Nashville West shopping center. Police said when two men showed up to buy the weapons, there was an argument and McLean was shot in the chest.
"It's sad somebody would do that. He didn't deserve that," Lauren McLean said.
The couple had been talking about planning a family, and Lauren McLean told her husband she wasn't comfortable with guns around the house.
Metro police said Joshua McLean was legally able to sell his guns in the manner he was attempting, and he had sold guns at Nashville West in the same way in the past.
He had done it before with no trouble, but now his young widow is overwhelmed with grief.
"I never doubted one day in my life that he loved me so much. All he ever wanted to do was make me happy. All he wanted," Lauren McLean said.
The young widow was planning a special dinner for their three-month anniversary the night her husband died.
"He always knew there were elements of not being safe. That's why he took the precautions he did," Lauren McLean said. "His brother was with him for backup. I mean, I don't know how much safer he could've been."
The shooters remain on the loose, and a description has not been released.
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