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Police pursuing leads in North Nashville shooting that killed 31-year-old man

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 11/16/2020 Holly Meyer and Natalie Neysa Alund, Nashville Tennessean
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A 31-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday outside the Wireless Z store in North Nashville. 

Detectives from the homicide unit have determined that a man with a rifle got out of a black car and ran toward Rasheed Walker, the Metro Nashville Police Department said in a news release. Walker tried to run away, but was shot. 

The shooting happened at 4:50 p.m. Saturday outside the store in the 1800 block of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard near St. Louis Street. Police at the scene said he was shot in the head. Walker was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in "extremely critical condition" and died, police said. 

a bus that is parked on the side of a building: A man was shot around 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, near the corner of St. Louis Street and Dr. DB Todd Jr. Boulevard in Nashville, Tennessee. © Natalie Alund / The Tennessean A man was shot around 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, near the corner of St. Louis Street and Dr. DB Todd Jr. Boulevard in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Police released photos Monday evening of the suspect. The man is shown wearing a white hat and an eye patch. 

a man taking a selfie: Metro Nashville police are searching for this man, who they believe fatally shot Rasheed Walker over the weekend. © Metro Nashville Police Department Metro Nashville police are searching for this man, who they believe fatally shot Rasheed Walker over the weekend.

Community reacts 

People who knew Walker shared their shock and sorrow on social media. He worked for Metro Nashville Public Schools as a staff member at Cora Howe School.

“Rasheed was a young man who consistently gave back to his community, and all of our lives are better for having known him," said K. C. Winfrey, the school's principal.

Walker founded the Nashville Pro-Am Basketball League, according to the league’s website. The league is a summer program that connects area youth with college and professional basketball players.

A Tuskegee University alum, Walker also founded the HUSTLEstrong Foundation, the nonprofit’s website states. The aim of the organization was to help fund youth athletic teams in order to offset participation costs.

In 2016, Walker was critically injured in a crash on Briley Parkway and spent weeks recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a 2019 article in the hospital’s newsletter states. Following his recovery, Walker would periodically visit trauma unit patients to inspire and encourage them in their medical journey.

Detective Tim Morgan is leading this investigation and anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Police pursuing leads in North Nashville shooting that killed 31-year-old man

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