Nashville Business Owner Fatally Shot in his Own Bar

Victim, Gitmen Demissie, 41, of Antioch

South Precinct detectives are working to determine who shot and killed a a Murfreesboro Pike bar owner.

Around 12:00AM this morning Gitem Demissie, 41, of Antioch was preparing to close his Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant located at 2525 Murfreesboro Pike when witnesses saw a masked gunman wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black jeans approach Demissie inside the establishment. Once inside the suspect is said to have shot Demissie multiple times then fled the building.

Upon arrival at Vanderbilt University Medial Center, Demissie was pronounced dead.

One witness says the suspect had light skin, a thin build and was approximately 5'7 inches tall.

Detectives are investigating Demissie’s background to see if he had been involved in any recent disputes. Anyone with relevant information about him or who may be responsible for his murder is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. Persons can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at

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