Metro Police said a homeless man was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds Friday morning. The man’s body was discovered under a bridge at N. 14th Street and U.S. 95.
Metro Police said the victim, who’s said to be in his 70s, was shot in the head.
“This was an execution, Metro Police Lt. Dan McGrath said.
They called him pops. All that’s left behind now are his shoes, shirts, candles.
“I walk these streets all the time. I live in this area. It’s scary. I used to be homeless in this area. So, yeah it is scary,” resident Tracy Carter said.
Carter didn’t want to show her face on camera, but, she told 8 News NOW she knew the man who was shot and killed Friday morning.
“People, they have no right to choose who gets hurt and who dies and that’s just a horrible thing to happen to that man. He was such a sweet man,” Carter said.
Metro’s lead on a possible suspect is a tall thin male, either white or Hispanic, possibly even a light-skinned black male, arrived in the area in an SUV around 4:15 a.m. According to police, surveillance video captured the person of interest drive by the man sleeping on the ground; the vehicle then makes a U-turn, and then it stops and the man gets out of the SUV, walks up to the homeless man and fires his gun twice.
The police agency held a news conference to discuss the murder early Friday evening.