Father of 5 shot, killed in front yard of south Nashville home - WSMV News 4

Father of 5 shot, killed in front yard of south Nashville home

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Family members identified the man who was killed as Leondra Ridley Sr. (WSMV) Family members identified the man who was killed as Leondra Ridley Sr. (WSMV)
The victim was found in the front yard of a home on Flora Maxwell Road. (WSMV) The victim was found in the front yard of a home on Flora Maxwell Road. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police are searching for the gunman accused of fatally shooting a father of five and injuring another man.

According to police, 37-year-old Leondra Ridley was found shot to death in the front yard of a home on Flora Maxwell Road in south Nashville. Officers responded just after midnight Wednesday.

Around the same time, a 33-year-old man showed up at Southern Hills Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the arm and shoulder. He was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and underwent surgery.

That man told officers that he and Ridley were sitting in a vehicle outside Ridley’s home when they were hit by gunfire. Ridley got out of the vehicle after being hit. The other man drove himself to the hospital.

Detectives believe the surviving victim will be able to provide more information on the shooting as his health improves.

Ridley’s wife said they have five children, who were all home when the shooting happened.

Ridley's wife said her husband had just graduated from truck driving school and was getting ready to start a new job next week. She described him as a jokester who loved everyone and was a great father.

According to Ridley's wife, she found him outside the home and called 911.

Police are still working to get a suspect description and figure out a motive.

News 4 asked police if it's possible that this was a shootout between the two men. They said it is too soon to tell.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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