NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The man critically injured during a fight early Saturday morning in downtown Nashville has died. 

According to police, detectives learned 30-year-old Nicolas Christian was involved in fights with several people Saturday at 3 a.m. near 2nd Avenue and Commerce Street. 

Craig Holloway Jr. who has a hotdog stand, Hot Diggity Dogs, a block away, witnessed the attack.

“They come around the corner and they hit a guy on the side of the road,” Holloway said. “It didn’t seem like nothing provoked it, it just seemed like it was an uncalled-for act.”

At one point, Christian was knocked to the ground and was punched continuously before a witness intervened. It is unclear whether Christian was unconscious while he was being punched. 

“We came in while they were trying to revive him,” witness Steven North said. “Me and my brother we just went over and started praying for him.”

He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a life-threatening head injury, where he later died. 

Downtown surveillance cameras recorded images of persons who are believed to have been involved in the final fight or were present as it occurred.

“They need to take responsibility for that, because that was somebody’s life, because that was somebody’s son, somebody’s uncle, that’s somebody’s child,” North said.

Anyone recognizing them from the surveillance photos is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Additionally, police said it appears persons took cell phone video or photos of the fight. Those persons are also asked to contact Crime Stoppers. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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