Police say a Nashville man who was killed in an overnight shooting was wanted in connection with a murder.

Officers said 23-year-old Deion Woodruff was unresponsive when they found him lying in the street at the intersection of 32nd Avenue North and Clifton Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said they believe Woodruff had been pushed out of a vehicle.

Woodruff was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police are working to identify the gunman who killed Woodruff. Investigators have not been able to find anyone who witnessed the shooting.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, Woodruff was the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Midtown hookah bar back in May. Marqondis Thompson, 21, was killed in the incident.

Woodruff was also wanted for attempted murder and carjacking. Police said Woodruff was involved in a gunfire exchange between two cars on Bell Road on the afternoon of July 12. After the shootout, he allegedly carjacked a vehicle from a nearby market.

Anyone who saw Woodruff on Wednesday night or has information about his murder is asked to call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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