Security guard thwarts possible shooting at a Nashville Lounge - WSMV News 4

Security guard thwarts possible shooting at a Nashville Lounge

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Police say they arrested a Rass Powell outside of WKND Hang Suite on Church St. early Saturday Morning.

A manager from the lounge told Channel 4 News that Powell had been kicked out of WKND Hang Suite a week before.  

A witness told police Powell showed up last night outside of the lounge, put his hand on a pistol he had in his waistband and said, "Don't be at the door," and that he was going to "shoot the place up."  That witness called police. 

Police say they found Powell sitting in a parked car.  When police pulled up they say Powell got out of the car and claimed he didn't do anything.  

Police say Powell tried to turn away and run as an officer was cuffing him.

Police say a strong sent of marijuana gave them probable cause to search his car.  They found  5 grams of weed and a loaded pistol matching the description given by the witness.

The car Powell was sitting in belongs to Hertz Rental.  Hertz Rental told police that the car was not currently rented out, and it was supposed to be sitting in their lot.

Powell is facing multiple charges.  He's being held on a $45,000 bond.

Powell had been arrest a week prior for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer.

WKND Hang Suite says the witness that called police is their security guard.  They've released this statement.

"We are very proud of the work of our security contractor, Vomo Walker, whose pride and commitment to keeping our patrons safe, allowed him to identify a potential issue, bring calm to the disrupting individual, and call the authorities to prevent any additional exposure to customers. And we are also very appreciative of MNPD, who found and remanded the individual with no incident. Vomo is the true hero of this story, and we are grateful to him for us judgment, quick thinking, and efforts.

Our processes for deescalating potential issues and expelling anyone who exhibits unwanted behavior continues to work, and we are happy to continue to run a very safe and secure venue. While no business is immune of all exposure to potential issues from outside influences, we are extremely grateful and blessed for a proactive group of managers, security contractors, and staff who together help us continue to provide options to our growing city of Nashville in general, and Midtown specifically."

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