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Metro Councilman Loniel Greene shot 3 times in west Nashville

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Loniel Greene Jr. (Source: Metro Council website) Loniel Greene Jr. (Source: Metro Council website)
Mayor Megan Barry and Police Chief Steve Anderson held a news conference about the shooting on Thursday morning. Mayor Megan Barry and Police Chief Steve Anderson held a news conference about the shooting on Thursday morning.
This surveillance photo shows the two suspects wanted for questioning in Greene's shooting. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) This surveillance photo shows the two suspects wanted for questioning in Greene's shooting. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Source: Metro Nashville Police Department Source: Metro Nashville Police Department
The man in the blue hoodie is wanted for questioning by police. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) The man in the blue hoodie is wanted for questioning by police. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Metro councilman was hospitalized after being shot multiple times, and the details surrounding the shooting are sketchy.

Detectives said Loniel Greene Jr. was shot three times around 10 p.m. Wednesday night in west Nashville.

Before he was injured, surveillance video shows him pulling up to a pump at the Marathon gas station on White Bridge Pike, leaving his car and then walking down Burgess Avenue. 

Police Chief Steve Anderson said there were two young men standing off to the side when Greene pulled in. They left, and Greene got out of his car and went in the same direction as the two men. 

According to Anderson, they do not know if Greene knew the men or why he got out of the car.

After Greene turned the corner onto Oceola Avenue, detectives said he had some sort of interaction with the men that turned violent.

Greene was shot and somehow got back to his car at the gas station, which is where he collapsed.

Police said the gas station clerk heard the shots fired but didn't see Greene lying on the ground outside. Shortly after 10 p.m., another customer pulled up and saw Greene. 

"As Councilman Greene was pulling into this lot, two young men walked from the lot, from Burgess, we know that they made a right on Oceola. Councilman Greene seems to have followed that exact same path," said Metro Police Department spokesman Don Aaron.

Detectives found a shirt and money belonging to Greene at the scene, but they aren't sure right now what the significance of these items are. 

Greene remains at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is in stable condition. 

Thursday afternoon, Metro police released surveillance photos and video of the two men wanted for questioning in the councilman’s shooting.

One of the men in the video was wearing a blue hoodie. The other had a backpack and appeared to be holding something in his hand.

Detectives were able to interview Greene Thursday afternoon. He told investigators that he followed the two men as they walked away from the gas station because he thought one of them was his relative.

Greene said one of the two men shot at him, but he did not know why.

Police said one of the two men wanted for questioning may have been inside the store Tuesday morning wearing a blue jacket.

Police said Greene visited two Nashville retailers, including one west Nashville grocery store, before pulling up to the gas station. They did not say what he purchased.

At a press conference Thursday, Mayor Megan Barry spoke about what she called “the broader picture of violent crime.”

Barry admitted she didn’t have all the answers, but said she is planning a youth violence summit with community members to try to find out what can be done.

Barry spoke for about three minutes before turning the press conference over to Chief Anderson. The mayor’s communications director told Channel 4 that Barry had a busy schedule ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit.

Greene was just elected after winning a tight runoff election in September. He is a Nashville native who works as an attorney and serves on several boards with different associations. Greene is also a decorated veteran, earning the rank of captain in the Army. He served 11 years, including a tour in Iraq. 

Greene's family has released this statement:

On behalf of Metro Council member Loniel Greene, Esq, of District 1 and his family we want to thank the community for their thoughts and prayers. Councilman Greene is recovering comfortably in the very capable hands of the Vanderbilt Hospital Staff. Councilman Greene has dedicated his life to serving his country and his local community and our priority now is his safety and well-being. We are confident that the Metropolitan Police Department is 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. Thank you for continued support and prayers. 

Mayor Barry has released this statement: 

Late last night, I visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center where Councilman Loniel Greene, Jr. was receiving treatment for wounds resulting from a shooting. I have been assured that the wounds are not life threatening and I am hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery. I am confident that the Police Department is doing everything in their power to identify and capture the people responsible.

Call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME if you have any information about the shooting. 

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