Police following leads in deadly Ellington Parkway shooting - WSMV News 4


Police following leads in deadly Ellington Parkway shooting

Posted: Updated: March 17, 2014 6:31 PM
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Surveillance image of suspects' vehicle Surveillance image of suspects' vehicle

Metro police say they're pursuing some big leads in a fatal shooting over the weekend on Ellington Parkway.

Police say Justin Roake and his friend were about to get onto Briley Parkway when someone fired shots into his vehicle in the middle of the afternoon Saturday.

Roake, 21, was hit in the head and died at the scene.

Officials say Roake was armed at the time, but it's not clear if he fired his weapon.

Roake was a Hunters Lane graduate and former Tennessee State University student. His family finalized funeral arrangements Monday.

Police have strong leads and they want drivers to know this was an isolated incident and a targeted attack.

"It does not appear that this was random. It doesn't appear that it was just a sudden road rage incident," said Metro police spokeswoman Kris Mumford.

Detectives say Roake and his passenger were involved in some sort of dispute with the suspected shooter just minutes before the fatal shooting, between 2:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m., at the Mag Market on Dickerson Pike.

The altercation escalated into a reckless pursuit on Ellington Parkway between Roake and the occupants of an SUV, which police believe was an older model gold or beige Ford Expedition.

Surveillance cameras at the market captured images of the SUV, two men around it and a woman wearing a white top and pink sweater.

Police spoke with the woman Tuesday and said she provided helpful information. Officers now want to locate the owner of the SUV and all of the occupants in the vehicle Saturday.

The passenger in Roake's vehicle was not injured in the shooting. Police say Roake managed to pull over to the side of the road without crashing.

Police hope to make an arrest soon. If you saw anything that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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