NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A community is in shock over the shooting death of a Metro Parks employee.
One person was killed in a shooting near the Shelby Park Golf Course in East Nashville.
It happened on Sunday as 71-year-old George Carpenter was leaving work at the Shelby Golf Course on Fatherland Street in East Nashville.
Metro Nashville Parks released a statement expressing the department's grief over the loss of George Carpenter, after he was shot and killed late Sunday.
We are shocked and sadden by the loss of our teammate, George Carpenter. There is nothing we can say to express the level of disbelief we feel. George, who had retired from the U. S. Army, was a regular golfer and volunteer at our courses for many years before he began working at Shelby Golf Course in 2017 as a Facility Attendant.
George was a hard worker who often voluntarily worked more than the 19 hours per week he was paid, because of his love for and commitment to his fellow staff members. He was also known for his kindness and generosity and was well loved by many of our patrons. George will be missed by all of us who worked with him.
Please keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We urge anyone who has any information regarding George’s death to contact the Police Department.
Police are calling it an unusual crime for the area because they say that part of town had the least amount of violent crime ever last year.
The golf course will be closed on Tuesday. There is also a memorial honoring the man many knew as pleasant and kind-hearted.
News4 spoke with Robert Bush who remembers sitting outside with his wife at their East Nashville home.
In the nearly 60 years he's lived there, Bush has never been startled until now.
“Sounded like a cannon went off down there. I mean a high-powered gun. I never heard anything like it," Bush said.
Metro Police said someone shot Carpenter beside his pickup truck on Sunday. Investigators aren't sure why.
“All options are on the table. It could’ve been something personal. It could’ve been attempted robbery gone bad," Metro Police Det. Mike Windsor said.
Carpenter worked as a facility attendant at the Shelby Golf Course since 2017. Before that, he was a regular golfer there.
Wayne Evans with Metro Parks knew him for more than 20 years and said it's been tough.
“All of us have bad days, but I’ve never seen him have one particularly and never seen him get angry with anybody. So, that’s what makes this so shocking and so tragic," Evans said.
Police said they're looking into a car slowly leaving the area, but they're not sure if it was involved.
What makes the case challenging is the golf course doesn't have security cameras. It's something they're now considering.
Extra patrols will be in the area as police investigate the case. They've received some tips, but they don't have any strong leads.
If you saw or heard anything, contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
A Celebration of Life memorial service for Carpenter has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Sunday, October 13 at Shelby Park Golf Course.