North Precinct detectives have clear images of the gunman and getaway driver involved in the 1:45 a.m. murder of Quinton Thornton, 35, outside the Marathon gas station at 2801 John A. Merritt Boulevard.
Thornton, of Nashville, was beside his Dodge Challenger near the gas pumps when he appeared to have words with two men outside an older model gray Lincoln Continental. When Thornton walked over to the Lincoln, he was shot in the back. The shooter then jumped into the passenger seat of the Lincoln while the second man drove away. Thornton was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died. The motive for his murder is undetermined.
Detectives are urging the getaway car driver, who did not fire any shots, to come forward.
The shooter is an older black man who wore a burgundy T-shirt, black pants and a blue cap. The getaway driver is a younger black man who wore a blue Under Armour sweatshirt and black pants. Anyone recognizing them or the car from the attached surveillance photos is asked to immediately contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. Persons can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637(CRIMES), or online at http://www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.