Police identify victim in downtown shooting

Monday, August 9, 2010 at 3:54pm

Police continue to search for the suspect who shot a man in the ankle in a state employee parking lot at 2:15 p.m. Monday.

Police were called to 604 Fourth Ave. N., across the street from where at least seven to eight shots were fired, apparently by just one shooter, in a parking lot behind the old Metro Credit Union and next to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

The victim, who police identified as 27-year-old Mario Woodard, told detectives he had tried to bail an acquaintance out of jail, when three men pulled up next to his car in an older model white car.

A passenger — described as a black man with dreadlocks and who is in his late 20s or early 30s — got out of the car and started shooting at Woodard.

Woodard crawled out of the passenger door and ran, but he was shot in the ankle as he ran. He was later treated for a minor wound at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police believe Woodard was specifically targeted but the motive is still unknown at this time.

Central Precinct detectives interviewed two people stopped in a suspect vehicle in the North Precinct but did not have a suspect in custody, said Kris Mumford, police spokeswoman.

Woodard has a previous arrest history including convictions for robbery, felony escape and cocaine possession.

It was unclear if Woodard was related to the person he was trying to bail out of jail. He was told, however, that the person had not been completely processed and couldn’t yet post bond.

1 Comment on this post:

By: rbull on 8/10/10 at 8:21

When you play with fire you sometimes get burned and this seems to be the case with Mario Woodward. Looking at his previous record and him trying to make bail for a friend in jail and then getting shot, something is not adding up and I don't believe any of these "thugs" are choir boys. You sometimes get what you ask for and in the long run I bet these three in the get-away car and Woodward have been involved in some type of drug deal in the past that has gone bad. I am sure Woodward knows the person(s) that shot at him but will not tell because it will cause him more trouble.