Police searching for suspect in fatal shooting

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 11:46am
Staff reports

Metro Police have obtained a murder warrant against Cristofer Lopez Valentino in connection with Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of James R. Gatlin in the 600 block of Charles E. Davis Boulevard in the J.C. Napier public housing development.

Gatlin, 25, was shot multiple times at 6:40 p.m. moments after physically fighting with the cousin of Valentino’s girlfriend, police said.

Witnesses tell police the gunman stood over Gatlin and continued to fire shots.

Police describe 21-year-old Valentino as man of Puerto Rican descent who stands 6-foot, 3-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Valentino is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Valentino’s whereabouts is urged to contact Hermitage Precinct Detective Johnny Crumby at 862-7727 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

4 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 1/8/10 at 7:25

Big guy, but still required gun to show his stuff. Far
too many like that in this area!

By: eastnashville37207 on 1/8/10 at 8:14

When the Nashville residents force the police and MDHA to abide by Federal and State Laws prohibiting convicted felons from living in public housing/section 8 rentanls than these killing will slow down to a mild roar. The MNPD and MDHA are in violation of Federal and State Laws. Check out HUD vs RUCKER.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/8/10 at 8:32

east, this guy had no convictions prior to this. check out public records.

By: dogmrb on 1/9/10 at 12:29

Is the picture the suspect or the victim?