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Witness to Nashville murder shot at scene of crime

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Just one day after a Nashville teenager was arrested for murder, one of the witnesses to the crime was shot Thursday at the scene of the original crime.

Now, there are questions about whether the latest shooting was committed in retaliation for the first one.

Metro police say a 15-year-old Veretez P. McGill was arrested Wednesday at Stratford High School and charged with criminal homicide and aggravated robbery in connection with the Aug. 11 death of Darrell Lyndell Wright at Church and Son Market on 15th Avenue North.

Police say two people walked into the store that night and shot Wright before getting away with $7 in cash.

"It shows you how bad it's getting out here," said Augusta Church, owns the store.

Augusta Church witnessed the August murder and was behind the counter Thursday when a customer paid for a bag of chips and a drink before pulling out a gun and pulling the trigger.

The bullet grazed Church's arm.

"Honestly, I think it's a gang-related thing, and this may have been retaliation of the boy they caught last night," said wife Lavetta Church.

Right now, police are looking for the second suspect involved in the August murder and the gunman from this latest shooting.

"It's ridiculous. I don't understand, and it's kids. Kids," Lavetta Church said.

If the bullet was meant to be retaliation, the Churches say it didn't work.

"We will be here tomorrow morning, same time," Augusta Church said.

"He's just not going to let it stop him. That was his best friend that got killed, you know, and he's not going to back down from that. He's going to keep going for his friend," Lavetta Church said.

Officers are asking for the public's help in finding 17-year-old Paul Sales, who is McGill's brother, and is wanted on an juvenile court arrest order for felony probation violation.

Police said Sales absconded last month from DCS custody at Natchez Trace Academy in Waverly and has been associated with violence in the past.

Sales has not been named as a suspect in either of the Church and Son Market shootings, but police said they would like to speak with him.

If you have information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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