Man, 18, shot in leg during alleged attempted home burglary

Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 3:20pm
Staff reports
Lawrence Harris

Metro police have charged an 18-year-old man with burglary after a homeowner shot the man in the leg early Thursday morning.

Lawrence Harris has been released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and faces a charge of burglary of a motor vehicle.

According to police, the Ewing Drive homeowner, 39-year-old John Wright, got a call from his brother, who lives next door to Wright, alerting him that a man was outside of Wright’s home shortly after midnight.

Wright told police he grabbed a shotgun and stepped outside to find Harris allegedly in the driver’s seat of Wright’s Lincoln Navigator. Wright said he told Harris to get out of his car. At that point, Harris allegedly approached Wright, who then told him to stop.

Wright told police he then feared for his safety and fired one shot at Harris hitting him in his leg.

Harris, of Greggwood Drive, was treated at the hospital before being released into custody. Police said they found loose change that Wright reported missing from the vehicle in Harris’ pocket. 

14 Comments on this post:

By: bsaut on 10/13/11 at 3:46

Too bad he did not aim at his face.

By: JakeNashville on 10/13/11 at 5:32

They should have pulled out a comb and forced this idiot to do something with that rag mop on his head! Hell, I would probably turn to crime from frustration too if I has a head of hair that looked like that!!!

BUTTTTTTTTTTTTT, totally agree with bsaut too! Cap in their a** will set more examples to these thugs!

By: Nitzche on 10/13/11 at 5:56

again, liberals aka democrats ,never comment on these article. Must be hard to say BUSH FAULT,republicans fault, wall street fault, christians fault,,,blah, blah blah

By: nash615 on 10/14/11 at 7:27

Actually, it would be pretty easy to say "This is Bush's fault; the blame should be placed at Wall Street's doorstep; so-called "Christians" should step up to help, etc." (presuming your broken English meant those things). The intolerable economic and social climate is a direct outgrowth of heartless "[R]epublican" policies in action.

What would the point of that be, though?

"[L]iberals aka [D]emocrats" know that knee-jerk reactions in Internet comment threads, (a) aren't going to change anything out in the world, (b) by the evidence above (and regularly on these comment threads) just tend to show how stupid the knee-jerk commenters are, and (c) won't change the minds of the closed-minded who post here anyway.

I would wager that bsaut probably considers himself "a Christian". Presumably he's paraphrasing from Paul, where Christ said, "Lo it is verily a shame that [he] did not strike at thine visage."

And presumably JakeNashville is conveying the heartfelt message of the Beatitudes where Christ intoned, "Blessed are the judgmental and the dealers of thoughtless punishment, for they shall set an example of hatred and intolerance. Blessed are the pontificators, for they shall ensure that none is helped, and that which is thine is kept safely away from the grubbing palms of the shiftless and the infirm."

Instead, "liberals" are more likely to be out wasting their time spooning out soup at the Mission downtown, writing letters to Metro Council asking for lenience for the homeless who are moved from encampment to Tent City, to the outskirts of Antioch, to anywhere where "[R]epublicans" don't have to be bothered with their panhandling, or disturbing traffic to sell $1.00 newspapers.

Clearly I've shown that this is a waste of time, but that would presume I self-identify as a "[L]iberal aka [D]emocrat". I presume I don't know which party line I am supposed to spout because I don't get my marching orders from a corporate information trough. I'd better run off now and figure out what I'm supposed to be thinking -- otherwise I might just accidentally do something that would help someone.

Good Day!

By: global_citizen on 10/14/11 at 7:36


What is your problem? Do you see everything through the lens of "Republicans good, Democrats bad"? That's ignorant and obviously wrong, but no doubt easy and doesn't make your head hurt too much by having to think too much.

I'm neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but most people, including myself, would say I lean liberal (truly liberal, as opposed to leftist, something altogether different).

Guess what? I'm commenting on this thread. There goes your silly assertion.

Crime is not caused by Republicans or Democrats, but if you're a hyper-partisan, I can see the temptation to take an easy swipe at the "other" party. But it shows you to be a fool who can't see a bigger picture.

You think crime would disappear if Republicans ran the entire government with super majorities? I have news for you. It would not. We have deeply entrenched societal problems that transcend politics.

By the way, this story sounds very familiar to me. My car got broken into also. I saw the guy get into my car around 3am and called the police (fortunately for him, the police didn't shoot him). But this was in 2006, when Bush was president. Should I blame Bush?

Of course not. That's silly. But you don't seem to realize that.

By: Nitzche on 10/14/11 at 7:42


By: nash615 on 10/14/11 at 7:48

Wow, that was almost grammatically correct, Nitzche! There may be hope for you yet.

In tune with what I think you were trying to express, here's something for you to play with from Al Jazeera (I write this while presuming your "[R]epublican" corporate news overlords will allow you to read something from that presumably Terrorist News Network):

Let me know if you need help with any of the big words.

By: Redbarron06 on 10/14/11 at 8:34

Another success story from a gun owner.

Bitterly clinging to my bible, my guns, and my Constitution.

By: jonw on 10/14/11 at 9:05


"By: Nitzche on 10/13/11 at 6:56
Again, liberals aka democrats ,never comment on these articles. Must be hard to say BUSH FAULT,republicans fault, wall street fault, christians fault,,,blah, blah blah."

As you can see Nitzche, they found a way.

By: nash615 on 10/14/11 at 10:51

So, is "Nitzche" intended to be a well-deserved tribute to Green Bay Packer Ray Nitschke (R.I.P.), or is that a particularly ironic attempt to channel existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche?

Also, jonw, it's a pretty trivial task to lay the blame for our nation's horrible social and economic situation at the feet of the right-wing cracker fundamentalist "Christian" (in name only) Republican corporatist establishment -- it's the bothering to stoop down to do it that's the hard part.

That said, it's pretty easy to lay the blame just as easily at the corporate-owned, left-wing (though in the USA there has never been a true Left), bleeding-heart, big government, intentions-more-than-practicality "Democratic" establishment.

The problem is that anyone who spends their feeble mental energies knee-jerking about how "the other side" is f*cking up the country has missed the whole ballgame.

Both "sides" are just the same bullsh*t, and they own you. The more you point the finger at The Other Guys the more things are going to stay the same and you're going to make sure you suffer while a handful of fatcats wearing one color or the other is going to continue to get richer while you get poorer.


By: DREIFMA on 10/14/11 at 11:24

This is not over. Even if the police do not recommend prosecution for unlawful use of a firearm, this loser will sue. He will claim he was just lost and got in the wrong Lincoln Navigator and when he approached the homeowner to ask where his was, he was unexpectedly shot. Why do you think he approached the guy with a firearm? He knew he was going to go to jail. If he gets shot, that puts it off a while, he gets free healthcare, then he gets to litigate for damages also, all at no charge to him as he will find an attorney to take his case for a piece of his award. In the mean time the homeowner has to hire an attorney to defend himself from this thug. The laws should have been changed long ago about this kind of robbery continuation.

By: NewYorker1 on 10/14/11 at 12:31

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$450.00) , Black Mohair boots (Kenneth Cole - $600.00), Vest and Shirt (Hugo Boss - $250.00 and $150.00 ), belt (Hugo Boss - $250.00). About to leave for the airport. Heading to New York for a fabulous party tonight. Smooches....

By: Nitzche on 10/15/11 at 7:51

Al Jazeera presumably terrorist network? What time do you face Mecca today brother dynamite?

By: sidneyames on 10/17/11 at 6:58

NewYorker1 on 10/14/11 at 1:31
OMG! I am looking sooo sharp today. Jeans (True Religion -
$450.00) , Black Mohair boots (Kenneth Cole - $600.00), Vest and Shirt (Hugo Boss - $250.00 and $150.00 ), belt (Hugo Boss - $250.00). About to leave for the airport. Heading to New York for a fabulous party tonight. Smooches....

You have way to much money to spend. I'm sending the occupy wallstreet thugs to picket your pocket book! LOL
Sounds fabulous! Have fun! Or are you back by now?