Rapper charged in restaurant shooting surrenders to police - WSMV News 4

Rapper charged in restaurant shooting surrenders to police

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Police say the shooting happened inside Batter'd and Fried in East Nashville. (WSMV) Police say the shooting happened inside Batter'd and Fried in East Nashville. (WSMV)

Nashville-based rapper Starlito has surrendered to police after being charged in connection with a shooting at an East Nashville restaurant.

Police say a man pulled out a pistol and shot someone inside Batter’d and Fried in the Five Points area around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Jermaine Shute, 32, is charged with aggravated assault and unlawful gun possession.

The victim, 36-year-old James Fletcher, was shot in the left thigh.

According to a news release, Fletcher had words with two other men as he entered the restaurant. Fletcher is seen on surveillance video punching one of the men. Shute then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Fletcher in the leg.

A witness said one of the two other men put a pistol in his waistband before leaving the restaurant.

Fletcher was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. Police said he refused to cooperate with the detectives who attempted to interview him.

Fletcher has a lengthy arrest history and is currently out on $45,000 bond following his arrest on May 1 for felony marijuana and gun charges.

Aaron Rosburg, who lives in the Five Points neighborhood, said he's a little surprised by the amount of crime in the area recently, but he won't let it affect him or his family.

"We're down here all the time. We live just a few streets away and uh, like I said, we've been here since '04, and it won't deter us," Rosburg said. "We'll still be eating at Batter'd & Fried and Five Points and everywhere around here."

A witness said the gunshot seemed muffled at first, but as soon as people eating nearby realized what happened, there was panic.

"People were at the tables, they were eating and I just ... it didn't sound really loud. I guess it was inside. It sounded like a balloon pop and everyone just started running toward the back," said Taylor Wayne.

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