NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A teen who was shot while trying to rob a Jefferson Street restaurant on Thursday night has died.

Police said Jaylin Cummins was dressed in all black clothing and had his face covered when he entered Knock Out Wings, 1300 Jefferson St., at 9:40 p.m. Five employees, three men and two women, were inside the restaurant at the time.

Cummins demanded money from the cash register at gunpoint.

As one of the female employees dealt with Cummins, Herbert Scruggs, 58, one of her co-workers, retrieved a pistol being carried by another employee. Scruggs then opened fire on the robber.

Cummins fled the restaurant without any money. He got into a waiting white car.

Less than 30 minutes later, police responded to Terrace Park Apartments on Elm Hill Pike on a call of a shooting victim. Cummins was located on the ground outside one of the units. His girlfriend said she opened the apartment door and found Cummins as a white vehicle drove away.

Police are working to identify the person or persons inside the white car.

No charges are anticipated against Scruggs.

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