The front door of Edward L. Williams’ home at 1703 26th Ave. N. hung open mid-Monday afternoon while the dead body of an unidentified man was inside and surgeons at a nearby hospital worked to save another man’s life.
Police responded to a “shots fired” call at Williams’ home just after 2 p.m. Monday. Later at the scene, Williams, 42, told police the two men entered his home, hit him with a tire iron and were possibly attempting to rob him when he then armed himself with a handgun and shot at the alleged intruders.
One died at the scene. Another was driven to Nashville General Hospital at Meharry and was reported to be in surgery for a gunshot wound. Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said he was listed in “extremely critical” condition.
Detectives continued to interview Williams and witnesses to sort out what exactly happened.
Police also questioned the person who drove the other gunshot victim to the hospital to determine how that person was involved in the altercation at Williams’ home.
Everyone believed to be involved was either in custody or police knew where they were, Mumford said.
Information at the scene led detectives to believe the home may have been targeted, Mumford said, but they wouldn’t say what exactly that information was. Police didn’t know if Williams knew the other men or not.
Williams was the only person at the home when the other men entered, police said.