North Precinct detectives swore out an arrest warrant charging West Tennessee parolee Danny Haskins, 57, with criminal homicide for last Friday morning’s murder of Nashvillian Quinton Thornton outside the Marathon gas station at 2801 John A. Merritt Boulevard.
Haskins, of Dyersburg, is a convicted cocaine felon who is alleged to have been the shooter in Thornton’s murder. Efforts continue to locate him. Anyone seeing Danny Haskins or knowing his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or their local law enforcement agency.
Haskins’ alleged getaway driver, Terry Martin, 20, is in custody in Dyersburg. He is charged there with probation violation and will be transported to Nashville soon to be booked on a criminal homicide warrant.
Haskins and Martin were identified with the help of citizens who called in after seeing media reports of the clear surveillance photos from Friday morning.
Thornton, 35, 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.
Lead Detective Jason Frank is continuing to investigate the motive for Thornton’s murder.